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Album Review

At times on Dirty Deal, it's virtually a Little Feat reunion, with five members from the classic lineup helping out on "Three Sides to Every Story," giving it a wonderful, funky momentum. Coco Montoya himself is definitely a better-than-average guitarist and singer when it comes to the R&B/blues axis, although he's at his best on tracks like "How Do You Sleep at Night?" where he has the chance to pull more emotion from his instrument; in this case, more than a touch of bitterness. He's cut from the same cloth as Robert Cray, but without the same soulful subtlety. Montoya is more a shot and a beer than a smooth cocktail. You come away from this with the sense that he holds nothing back, and even a performance in the studio would be sweaty; there's that amount of commitment. And while he may not be one of the guitar gods, when he unleashes a flurry of notes (as on "It Takes Time") he's still a powerhouse. Perhaps the biggest problem is that, although he cranks in all departments, there's very little to really distinguish his music from many others mining the same seam.

Customer Reviews


First review is from a novice. Classic Coco, smooth and infectious blues. Good Album and worth it.

No, DON'T pass!!

Coco turns out yet another solid performance. While not quite up to his classic albums "Just Let Go" or "Ya Think I'd Know Better", this still has solid Montoya guitar work and true blues lyrics. Instead of the first song, jump to the last and work your way up the playlist. Enjoy--I did. BTW, If you get the chance, catch him in person. I've seen 4 of his concerts in the past 6 years and he is incredible.

Strong, classic blues

While the I-Tunes reviewer says Coco Montoya does little to distinguish himself from the rest of the pack, the pack he is leads the way in preserving and constangly refreshing the blues for the next generation. There is no reason not to add this to your collection whether its your first Coco recording, or if this completes the long list of outstanding recordings.


Born: 1951 in Santa Monica, CA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Though he grew up as a drummer and was raised on rock & roll, Coco Montoya became an outstanding blues guitarist after stints in the bands of Albert Collins and John Mayall. Montoya debuted as a leader in 1995 with the Blind Pig album Gotta Mind to Travel and garnered an award for Best New Blues Artist at the following year's W.C. Handy Awards ceremonies. Born in Santa Monica, Montoya played drums for a local rock band that toured the region during the mid-'70s, playing in area clubs. Although he...
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