This man can play the blues, and he is a guitar player, a songwriter, and a singer; all three wrapped into this single package. When he moves away from the slow straight ahead blues of A Woman's Love in which his voice and his guitar have a tender call and response going, he might show his flexibility and shift to some jazz chording or a reggae beat for a bit and then come back to the blues. He is flexible and has a clean and sound that is both precise and dirty at the same time. His voice reflects his being raised as a minister's son in the church playing gospel music, while his guitar playing reflects the music he listened to at home, B.B. King and Muddy Waters.
Cotton wrote all 10 songs on the disc and they show an urban leaning from this Mississippi blues musician who is recording on Grady Champion's new label, DeChamp Records, established to showcase up and coming Mississippi artists. He has a tight band here consisting of Myron Bennett, bass, Samuel Scott,Jr., drums; with guest artists Champion, harmonica, Carlos Russell, harmonica, and Sam Brady, organ. Whether the song calls for some true soul to be played, or maybe some funk, or even the underlying beat of some Reggae as in No Love Back, this band is rock solid supporting him and pushing him to get it on. You may not know the name at this time, however this triple threat player will not be denied his place at the top, there is no denying his talent.
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