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February 16, 2018

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Bernard Allison is unstoppable. He's the face on the magazines and the voice on the radio. He's the showman roaming the open road on the 2018 Blues Caravan tour, bringing it to the people each night with compadrés Mike Zito and Vanja Sky. He's the visionary songwriter whose latest studio release - Let It Go ? is already tipped as an album of 2018. It's a work ethic that would leave most musicians gasping, but for this creative dynamo - now entering his fifth decade at the head of the blues pack - it's all in a day's work.

Starting the blues calendar with a bang in January 2018, Let It Go feels like a homecoming. After all, this latest studio album sees Bernard return to Ruf Records: the iconic German label that was created in 1994 to serve as a home for his father, the much-missed Chicago heavyweight, Luther Allison. Just as significant, Let It Go also found Bernard recording in the birthplace of the blues - Tennessee - and returns his sound to its raw fundamentals, on 12 songs that hold up without embellishment. "Let It Go was recorded at Bessie Blue Studio, Stantonville, Tennessee, with legendary music producer Jim Gaines," recalls Bernard. "We made the decision to not flood the CD with keyboards or horns, to go back to the true basic rhythm section sound ? and to show more mature songwriting."

As a questing artist who once noted that "blues is about experimenting". Bernard isn't afraid to twist the blueprint on Let It Go, evidenced by moments like the jazzy scuttle of Kiddio, or the closing acoustic lament of his father's Castle. Yet the bandleader still wears his love for the genre proudly, most notably on Blues Party, where he imagines a celestial jam session with a house band including fallen titans from John Lee Hooker to Robert Johnson ("They'll be hangin' out in heaven/A blues party that never ends").

It's an auspicious catalogue by an acclaimed genre heavyweight - but Let It Go is a potent reminder that for Bernard Allison, there's always another gear. "We all just came together as a group to create this album," he considers, "to show our chemistry as friends and bandmates. My favourite memory was watching the faces of everyone involved in the session. Everyone came to lay it on down and gave 110%..."

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Catalogue number RUF1252
Barcode 0710347125228
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 65g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 124mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Cruisin For A Bluesin 04:58
2. Same Ole Feeling 04:06
3. Backdoor Man 03:51
4. Let It Go 05:18
5. Night Train 03:49
6. Kiddio 04:46
7. Leave Your Ego 05:16
8. Blues Party 04:50
9. Hey Lady 04:50
10. Look Out Mabel 03:34
11. You're Gonna Need Me 04:40
12. Castle 03:31