A Talk with a Blues Legend; Mr. James Cotton. Part One and Two.

James Cotton requires no introduction…


Introduced to the music of Sonny Boy Williamson at the age of nine – seventy-eight years later; there’s no looking back.

Cotton has played with everyone who is anyone in the history of The Blues. B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton … The history pages are not big enough to contain a list ..

James Cotton’s main ‘gig’ was playing with Muddy Waters’ band for twelve years, an apprenticeship which earned him the chops and the right to become the most sough after harmonica player in the Blues – if not music.


“Among the greats of all time…He blazes on harp with brilliant virtuosity.” –Rolling Stone

Grammy Award-winning harmonica master James “Mr. Superharp” Cotton and his band, touring in support of his latest Grammy-nominated CD, COTTON MOUTH MAN, will give a special performance with Taj Mahal and John Mayall at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in Montréal on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

James Cotton’s most recent CD, COTTON MOUTH MAN is a joyous celebration of Cotton’s 71 years as a professional musician (beginning at age nine). Cotton has recorded almost 30 solo albums, including two highly-regarded releases for Alligator in the 1980s, the famed Harp Attack! with Junior Wells, Carey Bell and Billy Branch in 1990 and the Grammy-nominated Giant in 2011.

Recently, the Fes2013 Blues Music Award for Traditional Blues Male Artist Of The Year.

He also won three Living Blues Critics’ Poll Awards including Blues Artist Of The Year (Male), Album Of The Year (for COTTON MOUTH MAN) and Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica).

Cotton’s current road band includes vocalist Darrell Nulisch, drummer Jerry Porter, bassist Noel Neal and guitarist Mark Williams. Concert information is as follows:

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Event: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Venue: Place des Arts – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Address: 175 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
City: Montréal, Canada
Phone: 514-871-1881
Showtime: 7:30pm
Ticket price: $59.00-$80.50 (taxes and fees included)

Please listen to part one and two of my interview with Mr. Cotton …

*James recently survived a bout with throat cancer – please excuse his hoarseness.


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James is appearing at the Montreal International Jazz festival on June 27th. Buy Tickets Here!




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