Considering how long he's been around, it seems kind of silly to describe Luther Allison as a hot new blues player. After all, he's been playing the blues professionally since 1954 and recorded several albums in the '70s for the Delmark and Gordy labels.
But because Allison spent the '80s in Europe, American blues fans lost sight of him -- until last year, that is, when he released "Soul Fixin' Man," his first American album in two decades. Between his ferocious, soulful vocals and searing, string-bending guitar solos, Allison came back with an intensity that left listeners stunned.
His newest album, "Blue Streak," is even better, boasting a strong, funky rhythm section and a solid set of songs, plus solos that convey the snarling intensity of Albert Collins, the sly lyricism of Freddie King and the fluid excitement of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Luther Allison performs Friday, Oct. 27, at the Eight by Ten Club. Tickets are $12, and the doors open at 9 p.m. For tickets, call (800) 481-7328; for information, call 625-2000.