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Album Review

Years of apprenticeship with Albert Collins and John Mayall paid off handsomely for Montoya on this debut effort. Even with help from some famous friends (Debbie Davies, Al Kooper, Richie Hayward [Little Feat], and both former employers), Montoya asserts himself as the focal point. Sadly, this was one of Collins' last studio appearances before his death, playing on the Lowell Fulson-penned "Talking Woman Blues" (commonly known as "Honey Hush"). Although Montoya showcases his massive guitar muscle, it is merely a fraction of the power of his live performances.

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A true guitar master

I can't wait for something new from him


Saw Coco in Eureka Springs, Arkansas about the time of this album ... he was playing for the Eureka Springs Blues Festival. I was totally blown away by how good he was! Wish he would come back to this area, I would love to see him live again.

Go see him live...

Coco is as pure as it gets in my book. He plays what I like to described as "a happy blues", if indeed that exists.
I have his albums, and I am fortunate to have seen him live several times, and I am always blown away by his skills and his feel. One thing is to be able to play the notes, another is to do it with feel and soul. Coco is one of the true artists still traveling around the country to share his art.
Please support him by buying his music, and - if at all possible; go see him live. You will not regret it.


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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