When he was six years old, Lucky had an R&B hit with ‘1-2-3-4’, produced by Willie Dixon. As a child prodigy, Judge Kenneth Peterson was all over the TV shows, but he went on to prove that record was not a one-off. A competent keyboard player by the age of three, Lucky grew up in his father’s Blues club in Buffalo NY, and by the time he was eight, he was doubling on guitar. He would sit in with the Blues heavyweights who came to play at the club, and as a teenager Lucky did three years in Little Milton‘s band, spending a similar time with Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland. Lucky moved to Florida to work as a session musician while developing his own material. His voice, guitar and keyboard work on ‘Lucky Strikes’ in 1989 and ‘Triple Play’ in 1990 proved he had turned into the real deal. Four more albums for Verve in the 90s showed Lucky honing his talent for mixing Blues, Soul and R&B.
He toured widely, including trips to Europe, and collaborated with Mavis Staples on her tribute to Mahalia Jackson. After regular album releases and a Grammy nomination, he cut ‘If You Can’t Fix It’ with his father James in 2004 and further collaborations with Tamara and with Andy Aledort and Larry McCray followed. On the 17th May 2020 Lucky Peterson passed away in Dallas Texas at the age of 55.