Sunday, January 18, 2015

There ain't nothin' like the...(Allen Kanovsky telling us about Lucky Peterson at Arts Garage!)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 01/18/15

...BLUES. 'specially when it's played by a guy from Dallas, Texas and has been doin' it for forty years. 'specially, 'specially when the guys name is Lucky.

Lucky Peterson (B3,guitar,vocals) hit Arts Garage last night and hit it hard. He brought a band with him including Shawn Kellerman (guitar/vocals), Raul Valdes (drums), Tim Waites (bass), Xavier Jackson (keys) and Lucky's lovely wife Tamara Tramell (vocals). 

Shawn sets the tone for the evening with "Boogie Time". Delivering an exciting vocal and instrumental version. Lucky joins the band to do "Funky Broadway". You are saying that's a rock& roll tune. Not the way Lucky does it. It is the BLUES all the way. Lucky's voice and variations let you know that he is gennn-uuuuuu-Wine. He follows with "Bright Sunshiny Day". Again converting a 'pop' tune to down-home BLUES. The Leslie box of his B3 is acting up. He gives it a not so gentle whack or two and it decides to behave. The B3 and Leslie box look like they're older 'n me and probably are. Shawn impresses with his solo. They do a BLUES shuffle with Lucky picking up his guitar. He strolls out into the audience and even steps outside to entrtain some folks passing by. All the while playing some outstanding guitar licks. When he returns to the stage, he sits on the lip and does one he wrote for his Mom and mother-in-law. It is a tender and touching tune which reflected his feelings for both women. I think the song is called "Look At Me". He invites Tamara to the stage to do "I Ain't Got Nobody" followed by "You Give Me Good Reasons To Say Goodbye" which is done in a slow calypso rhythm. Very tasty and nice. Tamara pays tribute to Tina Turner(they both have the same initials) by doing "What's Love Got to do With It". A BLUES about marital vows and happenings a while later is "You're Trying To Make A Liar Out Of Me". Tamara and Lucky take lyrical turns. Shawn delivers a "WOW" solo to end the set. Shawn's warm-up for the 2nd set is "Big Time" and it is realllly big. He does some unison work with a scat vocal, his guitar and Xaviers keyboard that deserves more stars than can fit on this page. It ranks way up there in my musical moments. Lucky comes back to do "I Play the BLUES" and "Don't Explain". Tamara returns with "One Of A Kind". The band noodles around as Lucky and Tamara step off-stage. They return with Tamara leading Lucky by the hand. He is wearing dark 'shades' ala Ray Charles. Tamara & Lucky do the "Genius' "I've Got A Woman" and have fun with it. Lucky steps away from the B3, picking up his guitar and taking a seat slightly behind Tamara. He plays a few introductory bars and you know you'll be going to church. Tamara sings it soft, slow and full of meaning. "I Want To Live In A House Not Made By Man" Part of the lyric reads "Lead me by the hand, day by day". It is a prayer we should all live by. Lucky starts calling Tamara, "Annie Mae" and asking her to doff her cap. She does. She loosens her hair and lets it fall to her shoulders. Uh Oh!. "Rolling On The River" or if you prefer "Proud Mary". Every gal in the house is up shakin' this and that. Some guys can't resist either. The joint is rockin'. A tall blond, Martine Rossignol is really having a good time. Tall! Blond! Hmmmm. Her name sparks a memory. Yesterday I mentioned that my friends Martine & Jacques had returned from a long trip in Europe. The sent pictures of themselves and the scenery. The pix included them skiing and sky diving. They ddn't send the skinny-dipping in the hot tub ones. The reason for all the apostrophes is ------ that's my Texas accent. 

Tonight --- Jesse Jones Jr. doing a memorial for Martin Luther King  ( The Bridge*) and later on, hopefully meeting Denise and Jackie at the Q Bar for some JAZZ with Martin Hand.   

Larkins Community Center: 520 NW 3rd St, Pompano Beach, 33060 (954)284-0141, FREE, 6-8pm, Jan 18:  The Bridge featuring Allan Harris, Doug Wimbish (on bass), Christian Howes (on violin) & Jesse Jones Jr. (on saxes) – In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honoring the 50th Anniversary of the voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?" 

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