Bernard Allison

Does the name sound familiar? It should. Bernard Allison is the son of the late blues guitar superstar Luther Allison—and yes, he “inherited the goods.” The younger Allison has spent the last 16 years of his life honing his skills to become a great guitarist in his own right, as well as a stellar vocalist and songwriter.

In the years since his memorable duet with his father at the 1983 Chicago Blues Festival, which he spent with Koko Taylor’s Blues Machine and Willie Dixon’s band, Allison has grown into a mature, self-assured front man. The stage is his medium, and his live performances showcase this young gun’s scorching guitar licks, thick tone, and mature vocals.

With the torch of blues being handed shakily from one generation to the next, Bernard seems the heir apparent to his father with his mixture of traditional and new styles. Perhaps he sums it up best himself in his autobiographical song “Young Boy Blues”: “I’m not Muddy Waters. Don’t mistake me for that. I’m just a young boy who knows where it’s at.”


This artist appears in Jubilee #107: Bernard Allison.