The times certainly are a-changing. Luther Allison’s son, Bernard, is back, unleashing a tough brand of modern blues that will blow the dust out of your speaker cones. This is new blues by a new generation.
Bernard Allison is at the forefront of the modern blues movement. His sound shows a clear lineage of rocking guitarwork that stretches from Hubert Sumlin to Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy to Luther Allison. These ain’t the good old downhome front-porch blues.
On his cover of Luther’s “Bad Love,” Bernard’s voice sounds eerily like a ghost of his father. This song showcases the son’s concept of modern blues – full-power horn section, roaring guitar solos, and a wall of sound. These are blues that demand to be heard.
This review originally appeared in VG‘s Feb. ’99 issue.