Mesmerizing funky rhythms, soulful vocals and blistering guitar. Contemporary Mississippi blues musician Eddie Cotton’s energy, style and passion on stage reflect his understanding of what the blues is all about.
A minister’s son, Eddie Cotton Jr. grew up singing and playing gospel music at church and playing the music of blues legends like B.B. King at home. Born in Clinton, Mississippi, he later studied music theory at Jackson State University, then went on to serve as minister of music at his father’s church. This seemingly unlikely combination of musical interests is precisely what engages Cotton’s audiences, who appreciate his combination of classic electric blues with funky rhythms, soulful vocals and some downright blistering guitar playing.
His performances are highlighted by his powerful vocals, delivery of absorbing lyrics, magical expressions, engaging moves, and stunning guitar skill. Whether he’s punctuating old favorites with his own inflections or crooning a Cotton original with stunning energy, audiences are sure to take notice of this blues artist who demonstrates deep respect and appreciation for his craft. With mesmerizing funky rhythms, soulful vocals and blistering guitar playing, his energy, style and passion on stage reflect his understanding of what the blues is all about.
Following his spectacular 2000 debut Live At The Alamo Theater and Extra in 2002, Here I Come, released in 2014 by DeChamp Records, shows the triple threat singer, songwriter and guitarist breaking out and up to establish serious credibility as a major new star demanding and deserving to be heard. The album was nominated for the 2014 Blues Blast Music Award as Soul Blues Album.
Eddie Cotton and his band, presented by the Vicksburg Blues Society, won the International Blues Challenge in January 2015, in Memphis, Tennessee, “effortlessly controlling the crowd with his amazing showmanship and some of the most innovative B.B. King-influenced licks in years,” wrote American Blues Scene.
His latest album , One At A Time, released in September 2015, is an acclaimed CD.