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The Great British R&B Festival, Colne, Lancashire
Coco Montoya

GuitarOne magazine calls guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya “the hottest southpaw in the blues” and raves about his “master touch and killer tone.” The Boston Globe succinctly states that Montoya’s music is “hot, blistering soul.” From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya earned his status through years of hard work and constant touring. It started with a chance meeting in the mid-1970s with legendary bluesman Albert Collins, who offered Montoya a gig as his drummer. Albert took an immediate liking to Montoya, becoming his mentor and teaching his new protégé the secrets of Collins’ “icy hot” style of blues guitar. Five years later, British blues icon John Mayall happened to catch Montoya at a jam session and was blown away. Mayall recruited him as guitarist in the legendary Bluesbreakers, and Montoya spent the next 10 years touring non-stop, proving himself to be a world-class guitar master in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence. 

Since stepping out as a bandleader in 1993, Montoya has released several solo albums and performed non-stop at clubs, concert halls and major festivals all over the world. On his latest album, ‘Dirty Deal’,  Montoya, along with his road-tested, red-hot touring band is joined by friends, Little Feat members Paul Barerre, Kenny Gradney, Richie Hayward and Bill Payne, add their unique talents to the mix as well. The rockers as well as the ballads-burns from start to finish.  

Averaging over 150 tour dates a year, Montoya continues to pack clubs and theatres around the world. “Montoya is at the forefront of the contemporary blues world,” declared Guitar World. “He is one of the truly gifted blues artists of his generation,” said Living Blues. With ‘Dirty Deal’ and continued non-stop touring, Coco Montoya continues to share his gift with his legion of admirers all over the world.

Colne can’t wait…

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