|Father of Lucky Peterson,
James Peterson was born in Russell County, Alabama on November 4,
1937. An accomplished vocalist and self taught guitarist, James has
written hundreds of songs. He has a strong gospel influence and began
singing in church as a child. James states that in 1954, he started
singing in Gary, Indiana with John Scott and it was at this moment
that he realized what he wanted to do.
counts Little Milton as one of his heroes, and Howlin' Wolf's "Trouble
No More" as a life changing record. In the early fifties James opened
the Govenor's Inn: The House Of Blues which featured artists such
as Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Buddy
Guy and Muddy Waters.
James has played all over the world and has recorded
six solo albums of original material. He has also laid down his
soulful gut wrenching vocals on three Willie Lomax albums for the
Big Boss label collaborating with Lomax on several selections.
James currently resides in the St. Petersburg, Fl.
area and performs regularly throughout the Tampa-St. Petersburg
area when not touring nationally. James states that his worst professional
nightmare is "bad harmonica players...everyone tries."