Higher Power

Higher Power

by Bernard AllisonBernard Allison




Bernard Allison got some valuable advice from his father, Luther, before the latter's death in 1997: "Don't be afraid to go outside of the blues", he said. "Don't let them label you like they did me." Bernard has obviously taken that advice to heart; his solo albums have been a rich mixture of rock, funk, blues, and R&B. Most of his recordings have been released in Europe, where he has made his home for a decade. The release of Higher Power comes a little while after his return to the States, and reflects a lifetime of both good times and bad. The album's most noticeable lyrical element is the recurring theme of recovery from addiction -- "I've Learned My Lesson" (from which the album's explicitly AA-derived title is taken) and "New Life I'm In" are two of the most explicit blues-based odes to a 12-step program since Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Wall of Denial." On the funkier, less pious side are the soulful "Raggedy and Dirty" (charmingly, he pronounces that word "raggly") and the funky, vaguely misogynistic "Woman Named Trouble." You'll hear hints of his father's playing peeking through from time to time, but even more pronounced are Allison's debts to Jimi Hendrix and, to a lesser extent, Johnny Winter, who has served as something of a mentor in the area of slide technique over the years. Bernard Allison's style is a bit idiosyncratic and not all of his experiments work perfectly, but it's so refreshing to hear an original voice working in the general area of the blues that it's easy to forgive a failed risk or two. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2005
Label: Ruf
UPC: 0710347110125
catalogNumber: 1101

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bernard Allison   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Brian Johnson   Percussion
Jellybean Johnson   Guitar
Bruce McCabe   Piano
Mike Vlahakis   Synthesizer,Strings,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Paul Diethelm   Dobro,Guitar
Jassen Wilber   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ron Sutton   Drums

Technical Credits

Luther Allison   Composer
Bernard Allison   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Bobby Manuel   Composer
Bruce McCabe   Composer
Tom "Curly" Ruff   Executive Producer
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Jerry Lynn Williams   Composer
Michael Van Merwyk   Artwork
Jack Daniels   Composer

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