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The beauty of the blues is that it respects its elders. At age 77, James Cotton can still let it blurt on his harmonica with the same passion he brought to the records he made at age 19 or as a sideman to Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters during his extensive career. Here, his voice is but a shadow—but a poignant shadow it is on the gruff acoustic blues of "Bonnie Blue," where he and resonator guitarist Colin Linden keep it simple. The rest of the album features either Cotton's usual singer Darrell Nulisch on vocals or one of the many guests who stopped by to pay tribute to a living legend. That list includes Gregg Allman, Ruthie Foster, Warren Haynes, Delbert McClinton, and Keb' Mo'. The production and performances are no-nonsense and first-rate. To his credit, Cotton had a hand in writing nearly every song here. "Wasn't My Time to Go" is a statement of purpose. Delbert McClinton's "Hard Sometimes" gets a worthy blast of harp and sounds better than ever. Another career high point.

Customer Reviews

Blues at it's best

Loved every song!

Drink Some DEEP BLUE Water

I heard a wonderful interview with James & Keb Mo a few weeks ago. They were talking about James carreer & the making of this album. Here's an excerpt from that show; 'The Chicago bluesman is 77 and a throat cancer survivor, but he remains a ... James Cotton: 'The Voice Is Gone, But The Wind Is Still There'. I loved what I heard & requested it from our library. It arrived today. I'm on my first listen. OMG(!) It was worth the wait. The title track had me bouncing around the room. & before I could sit down I caught the Midnight Train. If you like fun, catchy R&B This one's going to have you bobble heading all night long!

Great blues harmonica album

If yoou like Blues Harmonica, you will love this album.


Born: July 1, 1935 in Tunica, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

At his high-energy, 1970s peak as a bandleader, James Cotton was a bouncing, sweaty, whirling dervish of a bluesman, roaring his vocals and all but sucking the reeds right out of his defenseless little harmonicas with his prodigious lung power. Due to throat problems during his latter years, Cotton's vocals were no longer what they used to be, but he remained a masterful instrumentalist for decades. Cotton had some gargantuan shoes to fill when he stepped into Little Walter's slot as Muddy Waters'...
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