HARMONICA GIANT JAMES COTTON RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
Conjure up a list of all-time great blues harmonica players, and high up on it you'll see the name James Cotton. --NPR
The Mississippi Arts Commission will present blues music icon (and Tunica, Mississippi native) James Cotton
with the coveted Governor's Award For Excellence In The Arts in a ceremony set for February 20, 2014 at Belhaven University in Clarion, Mississippi. The Governor's Arts Awards are presented annually to outstanding writers, artists, performers, craftsmen and educators who have made significant and lasting contributions through their work as well as to corporations or organizations on the basis of their dedication to arts advancement. Previous winners include B.B. King, Little Milton Campbell, and Bo Diddley.
Cotton is currently celebrating his 69th year as a professional entertainer. His 2013 CD, Cotton Mouth Man
, is an upbeat, warm blues album boasting fine musicianship and Cotton's undeniable spirit. Living Blues
says, "James Cotton is one of the great harmonica innovators of his generation. Cotton Mouth Man
is a star-studded affair that makes James Cotton's best recording for Alligator. It is an autobiographical narrative of Cotton's eventful life and soul-deep relationship with the blues. He plays with an authority and energy that belies his age."
Cotton Mouth Man
was recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy-winning producer/songwriter/ drummer Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Joe Louis Walker, Susan Tedeschi). The album is a trip through sounds and scenes from Cotton's long and storied career. Helping Cotton tell his stories and showcase his music are guests Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Warren Haynes, Delbert McClinton and Keb Mo. Other vocals are handled by Darrell Nulisch, who has been singing in Cotton's road band for many years.