This CD has many lyrics that are introspective, self-analytic, and at times confessional, in particular, the cut titled, I’m Still Here. They say: “I’m not perfect, who is”, and “There’s no way I could give up now.” His admitted drug addictions were hindering him from doing his best, and his best is damn near tops in what you’ll hear in modern blues music today. His voice is clearly outstanding, as is his immense skill on practically any instrument he chooses to play. The problems he conveys in that song were serious—“I coulda been dead and gone”—and the same song ends the eleventh and last cut, but this time done in a gospel tone and giving praise for his spiritual recovery. He simply and sincerely states in the music, “I’m still here because of the grace of God…”
Guitarist, Shawn Kellerman, is a great asset to the band—the man’s got an intuitive sensibility to perfectly phrase and interpret a song whether it’s at warp speed or slow and easy. All in Peterson’s band are outstanding musicians and some are fine songwriters as well. There’s I Pity The Fool, Lucky’s updated version of the song made famous by his former employer, Bobby “Blue” Bland. Lucky was also with Little Milton for three years. Joy has a Delta feel and features golden voiced Tamara, his wife, with Lucky on Dobro. Two of their children also take part. And there’s also an explosive, fiery boogie that will knock your socks off.
“In one of the festival’s few inexplicable moves, Catherine Russell was shunted off to the blues stage, when she and her listeners would have been far better served with a spot on the main stage. No matter, she ruled the roost, delivering a typically revelatory set that encompassed bawdy 1920s blues (“You’ve Got the Right Key, but the Wrong Keyhole”), Wynonie Harris jump blues (“Quiet Whiskey”), tender Fats Waller (“Blue Turning Grey Over You”) and L.C Cooke soul (“Let Me Down Easy”). It was the perfect conclusion to an event that just keeps getting stronger.”—Review: San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Aug. 8-10, 2014 - By Andrew Gilbert - JazzTimes