Tuesday, June 4, 2013

James Cotton's New Album 'Cotton Mouth Man'

James Cotton, one of the last remaining Chicago blues legends, released his latest album called 'Cotton Mouth Blues' on Alligator Records.

Here's a snippet from the official release [site]:

"His new Alligator album, Cotton Mouth Man, is a joyous celebration of his life in the blues. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy-winning producer/songwriter/drummer Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Joe Louis Walker, Susan Tedeschi), the album is a riveting, good-time musical journey through sounds and scenes from Cotton's long and storied career. With seven songs co-written by Cotton (more originals than he's ever included on one release) and Hambridge (who co-wrote five additional tracks), the stories the album tells are Cotton's own, inspired by his colorful and sometimes perilous life. Throughout the CD Cotton's blast-furnace harmonica sound and larger-than-life personality are front and center."

James Cotton is most known for playing the harp in Muddy Waters blues bands in the 50's (and reunited with him for the 1977 Grammy winning album 'Hard Again'), and after going solo, won a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Traditional Blues Album, 'Deep in the Blues'. He stepped back a little after getting throat cancer, but now he's back in full swing!

Check out the title track off the new album, which is available now, featuring Joe Bonamassa!

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