JAMES COTTON - Cotton Mouth Man

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Blues/Bluesrock | Heft: Jahrgang 2013, eclipsed Nr. 152 / 7-8-2013 | VÖ-Jahr: 2013 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Alligator | Autor: AT

The blues harp man, who played on the most important Chess releases with Muddy Waters in the fifties, has released a new record - and what a one! With the guests Joe Bonamassa, Gregg Allman, Keb Mo (two tracks) and Warren Haynes on one track each, he ignites a blues firework which grabs the listener with a healthy portion of conservatism, a good deal of fire and last but not least with his expressive, present harp. Classical country blues ("Mississippi Mud"), differentiated blues rock ("He Was There"), fast shuffle ("Something For Me") and an acoustic number in which he sings with a deep voodoo voice ("Bonnie Blue") stand out pleasantly from contemporary trends and instead refer to the power of tradition.

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