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Luther Allison: “Livin’ in the House of the Blues” and “Soul Fixin’ Man”

Luther Allison was a tremendous blues guitarist who passed away in 1997. While he didn’t get the publicity of some of his contemporaries, he appeared with — and clearly was respected by — the likes of B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Above is Livin’ in the House of the Blues and below is Soul Fixin’ Man. This is the start of the bio at Luther Allison’s site:

 Born in Widener, Arkansas in 1939, Luther Allison (the 14th of 15 musically gifted children) first connected to the blues at age ten, when he began playing the diddley bow (a wire attached by nails to a wall with rocks for bridges and a bottle to fret the wire). His family migrated to Chicago in 1951, and Luther began soaking in the sounds of Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Robert Nighthawk. He was classmates with Muddy Waters’ son and occasionally stopped in the Waters’ house to watch the master rehearse. It wasn’t until he was 18 already in Chicago for seven years that Luther began playing blues on a real guitar and jamming with his brother Ollie’s band. Continue Reading…

(Homepage photo: Carl Lender)