Here’s an epic guitar face that’s hard to beat. Luther Allison got into the blues a few years after his family moved from his hometown of Widener, Arkansas to Chicago, and he eventually got to share the stage with some of the lates and greats. While he’d been hanging out at night clubs for several years, his big break came in 1957 when he was invited on stage by Howlin’ Wolf. Freddie King took him under his wing, and Allison eventually took over his gig at a club on Chicago’s West Side, while also recording and touring for several years.
In his own right, Allison became known for his lengthy and soulful riffs as he meandered through the enveloped crowds. He had an extensive recording career over thirty years, and also lived in France for seventeen of those before returning to the United States in 1994. Allison died cancer in the summer of 1997, shortly after the release of his final album Reckless, and was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame for his significance in the story of Chicago blues and his influence on many young guitarists.