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REQUIRED LISTENING: a musician's personal notes about favorite artists.

Live in Chicago.
Luther Allison was about everything REAL in music and he gave it everything he had. He sang and played his ass off until he died of cancer (1997). Luther Allison was at the top of his form and creating some of the most devastating blues ever made. I feel the loss today and will for many years to come. IT IS NOT FAIR. Chicago blues, in anyone's hands BUT a master, can be boring and routine. Luther's music was nothing like that, just listen to his double CD recorded in 95 and 97 (a couple of months before his death). If I have half the energy he had at 57, I'll feel blessed. "Cherry Red Wine," "All the King's Horses," and "You're Gonna Make Me Cry," show his immense talent and brings me sadness because he was just starting to find the success in the U.S. that he always wanted. He played with his WHOLE soul and I say it again, IT'S NOT FAIR. Like the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan, his passing really tore me up.

posted: September 2003.


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