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Bernard Allison

Bernard Allison is the guitar-playing, singing, and songwriting son of late legendary blues guitarist Luther Allison. True to form for this chip off the old block, the young Allison injects every bit as much energy into his live shows as his father did. Bernard counts among his influences icons like Albert King, Muddy Waters, and Freddie King, and later, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Winter. He began accompanying his famous father to blues festivals in the early '70s. There, he was introduced to a who's who of Chicago blues stars: Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor, and Albert King, among others. When he was seven or eight, he began having aspirations of becoming a guitar slinger like his father. Luther Allison was more than just a casual record collector, and so Bernard benefited from his father and brothers' collections of classic blues and gospel.

After graduating from high school, Bernard began playing with Koko Taylor in her touring band. He stayed with Taylor's band until 1985, when he left to hustle up his own gigs as Bernard Allison & Back Talk. Bernard spent a lot of time in Canada with his first band, and later rejoined Taylor and her Blues Machine for another two years in the late '80s. After joining his father in Europe for a live recording, Bernard was asked to join Luther's touring band and become his European bandleader. Luther helped his son along with the finer points of showmanship for several years until Bernard was good enough to lead his own trio or quartet. At Christmastime in 1989, while both were living together in Paris, the elder Allison arranged to give his son the most precious gift for budding musicians: studio time to record his first album. Bernard's debut, Next Generation, was recorded for Mondo Records using musicians from his dad's band. His other European label releases include Hang On, No Mercy, and Funkifino.

In December 1996, Bernard was contacted by Cannonball Records founder Ron Levy. Bernard was home in Chicago visiting family at Christmas, and hadn't brought any of his guitars or other equipment with him. Levy wanted something based in traditional electric blues, with a few bones for newer fans of the idiom who had jumped on the blues bandwagon after 1990. Bernard released his stunning U.S. debut, Keepin' the Blues Alive, in early 1997, receiving a great deal of critical acclaim. On his successful tour of clubs around the U.S. in the latter half of 1997, Bernard was joined by drummer Ray "Killer" Allison (no relation) and Buddy Guy bassist Greg Rzab, among others. Times Are Changing followed a year later. In mid-2000, Across the Water was released. Based in Paris full-time, Bernard Allison has the comfort and security that the multitude of blues clubs and festivals around Europe can provide. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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DASH INN!!!!!!

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saw him in youngstown EXCELLENT!!! ! !
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lord have mercy this dude can play the blues like crazy
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Very traditional love the sound
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Great musician.
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haha
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kconnelly9
Great sound and blues licks
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Just found myself a new catch phrase.. Lets get drunk and pop the trunk lol
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Love the blues
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Love this track I am listening to.
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dems da blues...
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A GRATE ONE HIT WONDER NEVER TO BE MATCHED
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Awesome ��
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scaudle37
Fantastic!
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I'm surprised they don't list BB King as an influence when the man bleeds BB notes like a sprinkler in the slower parts.
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Not Bad!
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Yeah. You can hear this man channeling Stevie Ray.
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great music sound
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yessiranenso m
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yesssir
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aweome
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Some people just know how to sing through their instrument. He can sing but he does it in voice and in guitar and both are great. BTW - Bernard uses a variety of guitars. He has them showcased on his website if you are interested to see them.
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theonefixitm a n
you can feel the soul go through his finger tips
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Such , Beautiful music, Music is A wonderful part of life. And life is Good.
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Anybody know the guitar he's using? sounds absolutely great!!!!
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barbaranicho l s 9
Heard the voice from the other room and thought it was Luther. You go Bernard. I remember seeing you with your dad in Peoria Hts. You were the apple of his eye!
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twowheel.tro u b l e
Your Daddy would be so proud
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Bernard you magic man !!!!!
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Pure talent!
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nice
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Sorry to say I hadn't heard of him, but I will be listening now.
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his dad was great, he's great, too.
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chrsroc
oh yea, his dad Luther, is great too.
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chrsroc
just now learning of Benard, but dam, he's great!
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AWESOME BLUES.....!! ! ! ! !
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You rock my man!! Thank you for sharing your gift.
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earlcb11
The first, and thus far only, time I've had the great pleasure of hearing Bernard Allison live was while I was in High School in Green Bay, WI at Bay Fest. I danced the whole time, transported by the passion, feeling, and unity of the players on stage. The rain started coming down and the matted grass under my feet turned in to a mud pit. it was glorious. I'm grateful for him playing his part in this world. Thank you.
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pete1204
Oh yeah, great guitar is great guitar
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bcspa8
Oh Yeah.......o h yeah!
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novasleeper
Great
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donnyboy8519
Damn!
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I can't take the pressure.... . . . I ' m shaking all over and my head won't stop bobbing.
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Like SilkyD, the hair on my arms started to stand up when he went into the extended guitar work and just got better when he started to sing!
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I'm floored everytime he starts filling my earphones. Hair standing on the back of the neck good!
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js-cad
Wow! If you're listening Bernard, I'm going to be in Chicago for the Giants @ Cubs on 9/21....Also be drumming in as many open jams as I can squeeze in. Any chance you'll be in Evanston on the full moon?
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I'm feelin' this...! Long live the Blues!!!
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magruver
WOW HE IS GREAT WOW.. WOW
AWESOME THANKS PANDORA AGAIN
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omg this man is amazing!!!!
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dshelow74
Hey B. Your makin your Daddy Proud....Pla y on Brother, Can't get enough of ya!
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This guy plays guitar that connotates a freight train smashing it's way out of hell! Incredible!
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