A WBFO "Buffalo Blues Bash" event
James Cotton, a great American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, who has performed and recorded with many of the greatest blues artists in history, comes to Buffalo, Friday, April 11, for a perform with the James Cotton Blues Band at Kleinhans Music Hall. Buffalo-based band Dive House Union will open the show, which begins at 8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).
Cotton began his career playing the blues harp in Howlin' Wolf's band in the early 1950s. In 1965, he formed the Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet, utilizing Otis Spann on piano to record between gigs with Muddy Waters' band. Cotton played harmonica on Waters' Grammy-Award-winning 1977 album "Hard Again," produced by Johnny Winter.
The James Cotton Blues Band received a Grammy nomination in 1984 for "Live From Chicago: Mr. Superharp Himself!", and a second for his 1987 release, "Take Me Back." He finally was awarded a Grammy for "Deep in the Blues" in 1996 for Best Traditional Blues Album.
Cotton has maintained an active recording and touring schedule for 70 years. He has upcoming performances scheduled from New York to Australia. His latest album, "Cotton Mouth Man," was released in May. It includes guest appearances by Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Delbert McClinton, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Chuck Leavell and Colin Linden. The record was nominated for a 2014 Grammy.
Buffalo's own Dive House Union will open the show. DHU as they are known, recorded their first CD, "Live at Kleinhans," at the historic venue, where they will return for this engagement. DHU has since released a second CD, "Live at the Aurora Theater." The jam-based blues, rock and soul band represented Western New York at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Tickets are on sale now. General admission is $35 in advance, or $40 day of the show. Call 716-885-5000 for visit www.KleinhansBuffalo.org.
The concert is a WBFO "Buffalo Blues Bash" event.