- Released: September 28, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Dreyfus
Down Beat - p.744 stars out of 5
-- "He's never before, in the studio at least, sang with such believable expression and easeful authority over varying the timbre of his strong, rich voice."
Living Blues - p.42
"[A]n eclectic mix drawn from soul, gospel, rock, and pop sources as well as the blues canon."
- 1.I Believe I'll Dust My Broom
- 2.I'm New Here
- 3.Statesboro Blues
- 5.Trampled Rose
- 7.Why Are People Like That
- 8.Four Little Boys
- 9.Death Don't Have No Mercy
- 10.I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
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Personnel: Gary Burke (drums); Larry Campbell (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Scott Petito (shaker); Lucky Peterson (vocals, electric guitar, piano).
Audio Mixer: Scott Petito.
Liner Note Author: Doug Yoel.
Recording information: NRS Studio, Catskill, NY (03/2010).
Photographer: Doug Yoel.
Arrangers: Gary Burke; Doug Yoel; Larry Campbell; Scott Petito; Lucky Peterson.
Lucky Peterson shows off his instrumental versatility on this mostly acoustic set by switching between piano, Duolian resonator guitar, and electric guitar. Vocally he's still at the top of his game and shows plenty of fire and versatility on this set by mixing renditions of blues and gospel classics with tunes from the pens of more contemporary writers like Ray LaMontagne and Tom Waits. He turns in a gritty vocal and shows off his considerable slide guitar chops on Robert Johnson's "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom," moving from icy slides to flurries of muted staccato notes. He plays Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues" like a straightforward Chicago blues using his slide to support his wailing vocals. Larry Campbell adds some unexpectedly funky blues mandolin to the track. "Death Don't Have No Mercy," the Rev. Gary Davis tune that became a folk hit in the '60s, is taken at a slow, soulful pace with several long, chilling Resonator excursions. LaMontagne's "Trouble" gets a slow reading with Peterson bringing a gospel flavor to his piano work, while his vocals are full of long, sustained notes and sanctified moans of emotion. "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free" was written by Billy Taylor, but became a civil rights anthem due to a recording of the tune by Nina Simone. Peterson's wife, Tamara, joins him on the track to trade lead vocal chores. She proves herself a worthy vocal partner with her powerful vocals matching her husband's in fervor and power. Their playful give and take on the tune's coda is one of the album's high points. Peterson closes by turning Curtis Mayfield's "Think," from the Superfly soundtrack, into a country blues with his electric guitar solos sharing space with Campbell's pedal steel. ~ j. poet
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Music Lover: Blues Maven
Santa Monica, CA
-- October, 8, 2010
Blues great Lucky Peterson and his special guests dig all through the blues - from the early days down in the Delta, to its modern-day step-children in popular music. Lucky is joined on this album by a stellar group of musicians including Larry Campbell(2x Grammy Winner - Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Phil Lesh) - acoustic guitar, mandolin, pedal steel, duolian resonator, Scott Petito (Fugs, Mercury Rev, James Taylor) - bass, shakers, octave mandolin, and Gary Burke (Joe Jackson band, Bob Dylan, Crowmatix) - drums.
You Can Always Turn Around was recorded live-in-the-studio in Woodstock, New York. Together, the talent on the record dig in with fervor, and make a joyous sound that is both classic and modern – on an exquisite set of blues, roots and soul music by the likes of Lucinda_Williams, Robert Johnson, Tom_waits, Rev._Gary_Davis, Curtis Mayfield, Ray LaMontagne and others.
The musicianship of these creative masters provide an ideal artistry that compliments Lucky’s vocal prowess as he tackles roots-blues standards, Civil Rights Era anthems, and such contemporary material as Lucinda Williams’ Atonement with its strong religious imagery, conjuring up images of a Pentecostal preacher. In what might be the album’s coda, Lucky’s poignant telecaster lead blends with Larry’s pedal steel on Curtis Mayfield’s classic instrumental Superfly.
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