Bernard Allison Returns with ‘The Otherside’
MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ — Over the past two decades, Bernard Allison (http://bernardallison.com) has stepped out of the long shadow cast by his famous father Luther Allison to become one of the most popular blues musicians working today. Year in and year out, he has wowed fans on both sides of the Atlantic with his exhilarating live show; preaching the blues the “Allison Way” as he calls it in one of his newest songs.
Allison can still tear it up with the best of them. The rough-hewn title cut, “The Otherside” is soaked through with the thick, full-bodied, nasty guitar tone Allison has become famous for. The tongue-in-cheek “Slide Master” provides the latest demonstration of his serious bottleneck chops. “Still Rainin’,” written by keyboardist Bruce McCabe and featuring his own exceptionally strong lead vocals, is just as gritty and powerful.
Produced and engineered by longtime associate and Grammy nominated David Z and co-produced by Allison himself, the 13 cuts on his 13th album are a testament to his developing maturity as a singer, songwriter and musician — and to his continued willingness to visit new places. “A systematic flow of the blues, with a modern twist. My best yet,” says Bernard.
According to his own tradition, he also covers one of his father’s songs on the album. This time around, it’s the sorrowful minor key “Let’s Try it Again” a staple of Luther Allison’s live shows during the 1980s. The album also includes a duet with Alligator Records recording artist, Lonnie Brooks, on Allison’s original composition, “Leavin’ The Bayou.” The song is a tribute to Brooks, a 2010 Blues Hall of Fame inductee.
Firmly founded on tradition, yet exploring new directions, The Otherside is a well-rounded effort that will take its place among Bernard Allison’s finest recordings.
Bernard Allison’s upcoming tour highlights include:
August 15 Wheeling, WV Heritage Blues Festival 20 Des Moines, IA Blues On Grand 21 Middleton, WI Club Tavern September 2 Kansas City, MO Knucklehead's Saloon 3 Rogers, AR Bayou of Rogers 4 Hot Springs, AR Hot Springs Blues Festival 5 Rentiesville, OK Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival 9 St. Louis, MO Shamrock Pub 10 Topeka, KS Uncle Bo's 11 Springfield, MO Greater Ozarks Blues Festival 17 Rochester, MN Whiskey Bones Roadhouse 24 San Francisco, CA West Bay Conference Center
Official Website: bernardallison.com
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