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Format: CD
Sku: 249060967
UPC: 014551495420
UPC 14: 00014551495420
Release Date: 5/7/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Cotton Mouth Man
2. Midnight Train
3. Mississippi Mud
4. He Was There
5. Something for Me
6. Wrapped Around My Heart
7. Saint On Sunday
8. Hard Sometimes
9. Young Bold Women
10. Bird Nest On the Ground
11. Wasn't My Time to Go
12. Blues is Good For You
13. Bonnie Blue

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Michael Saint-Leon; Tom Hambridge.
Muze PNote Recording information: Carriage House, Stamford, CT; Elevated Basement, Savannah, GA; Sound Stage Studio, Nashville, TN; Wire Recording, Austin, TX.
Muze PNote Photographer: Christopher Durst.
Muze PNote Blues harp maestro James Cotton was 77 at the time of this album's release. He can barely sing anymore, and the years of playing and touring have left his voice a hoarse croak, but make no mistake, he can still play the harp, and his stunning, overdriven blasts on the instrument are as powerful and as immediate as ever. He's the living embodiment of the Chicago blues, and one of the genre's last surviving founders of it, having mentored with the great Sonny Boy Williamson, and he recorded, played, and toured with Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, cutting his first sides at the age of 19 for Chess Records. He's done this a long time, and as this delightful, joyous, stomping, and vibrant set shows, he doesn't need to sing to command the stage. Cotton wrote or co-wrote most of the songs here with the album's producer, Tom Hambridge, and the vocals are handled by guest artists, most of them by Darrell Nulisch, the former Texas Heat and Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets vocalist who has been handling the singing duties for Cotton's band for some time now, but Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Ruthie Foster, Delbert McClinton, and Keb' Mo' are also featured singers. But this isn't one of those duets albums that artists make in the twilight of their careers by any shot -- Cotton is amazing on these cuts, his harp blasts full of passion, power, and enough pure energy to light up the night sky. Cotton may not do somersaults on stage anymore, but his harp lines do, weaving in and out of these songs like a charging Chicago freight train. There isn't a single lame cut here, but the closer, "Bonnie Blue," with Cotton croaking out a moving vocal accompanied only by his harp and the resonator guitar playing of Colin Linden, is particularly poignant. Cotton may be cruising in on 80 years of age, but he's just released one of the best albums of his career. ~ Steve Leggett

Producer: Tom Hambridge

Engineer: Brendan Muldowney; Shane Baldwin; Jim Cooley; Nick Autry; Stuart Sullivan

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Joe Bonamassa
Muze Guest Artist Gregg Allman
Muze Guest Artist Keb' Mo'
Muze Guest Artist Warren Haynes
Muze Guest Artist Ruthie Foster
Muze Guest Artist Delbert McClinton

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Hellhound On My Trail-Songs Of
Muze Music Compilations Sun Records 50th Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations Crucial Harmonica Blues
Muze Music Compilations Crucial Chicago Blues
Muze Music Compilations Alligator Records 30th Anniver
Muze Music Compilations American Roots Music
Muze Music Compilations Sun Records-Ultimate Blues Collection
Muze Music Compilations Blind Pig Records 30th Anniversary Co(w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Great Blues Men
Muze Music Compilations Sun 60Th Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations True To The Blues:johnny Winter Story
Muze Music Compilations In The Pocket Taste Of Blues Harmonic
Muze Music Compilations Alligator Records 40Th Anniversary Co
Muze Music Compilations Blind Pig 20th Anniversary Col
Muze Music Compilations Muddy Waters 100
Muze Music Compilations Essential Chicago Blues:rarities Coll
Muze Music Compilations Prime Chops-Blind Pig Sampler
Muze Music Compilations Alligator Records-20th Anniver
Muze Music Compilations Alligator Records 25th Anniver
Muze Music Compilations Crucial Live Blues

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/06/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : ALCD 4954
Music Label Name Label : Alligator Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00014551495420

Professional Reviews

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Cotton plays with huge power and feeling and, for all the great help, there's never any doubt whose album it is."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Cotton,James
Product attributeLabel:   All Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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