Bernard Allison

  • Bernard Allison

BERNARD ALLISON
9 p.m., Revolution. $10.

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There was probably no question that Bernard Allison was going to be a bluesman. His father was Luther Allison, a native of Widener in St. Francis County and one of the many Southerners who left the South for the relatively friendlier climes of Chicago in the 1940s and ’50s.

The elder Allison played with heavyweights like Muddy Waters and Elmore James, and naturally, Bernard was steeped in the blues as a kid. He played in his father’s band in later years, but got his start playing guitar for Koko Taylor when he was just a teen-ager.

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Allison, now based in Paris, plays electrified crunchy, funky blues with the not-so-occasional screaming solo. The dude is a stone shredder (“Voodoo Chile” is a staple of his live show), and his good-time tunes bridge the gap between postwar Chicago blues and the in-your-face flair of wailers like Stevie Ray Vaughan. If you dig modern blues, this will probably be one of the better shows to come to Little Rock all year.

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