Monday, October 22, 2012
Stockton Performing Arts Center | Ticket price: $7-$40
101 Vera King Farris Dr. Galloway, NJ
Phone: 609-652-9000 | Showtime: 7:30pm
Over the course of his storied career, Cotton has seemingly done it all. As a small boy he learned harmonica directly from Sonny Boy Williamson II. He toured with Howlin' Wolf, recorded for Sun Records, and spent twelve years with Muddy Waters before stepping out on his own. Leading his own band, he rose to the very top of blues and rock scenes, touring the world non-stop and earning his reputation as one of the most powerful live blues performers in the world.
Giant is a ferocious blast of brash boogie blues. Produced by Cotton, Jacklyn Hairston and Derek O'Brien and recorded by Stuart Sullivan at Wire Recording in Austin, Texas, Giant features twelve tracks, including four new Cotton originals and co-writes, alongside songs made famous by Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Ivory Joe Hunter and others. Throughout his career, Cotton has always led great bands, and the players on Giant are no exception. With guitarists/vocalists Slam Allen and Tom Holland, bassist Noel Neal and drummer Kenny Neal, Jr., Giant is not just a reminder of Cotton's legendary status, it is a vibrant, hard-hitting album made by one of the true blues masters.
Giant reaffirms James Cotton's high-compression blues harmonica playing is a true force of nature. As The San Francisco Examiner says, James Cotton is an inimitable blues legend. His wailing harmonica blows them away. His improvisations on the blues are full of fun and good humor. The blues don't get much better."
In June 2010, Cotton was honored at New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center, where his friends Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland and others paid tribute in an all-star concert. There James Cotton played to yet another sold-out venue, with fans cheering the man known worldwide as Mr. Superharp," an undisputed giant of the blues.