Coco Montoya

Hard Truth

Hard Truth
Coco returns to Alligator with a sparkling new release that reaffirms his place on the top shelf of contemporary rocking bluesmen.  From the ecstatic, just-fell-in-love shuffle “I Want To Shout About It” to the scorching “Hard As Hell” to the patented Albert Collins funk of “Moon Is Full,” Coco‘s soul-burning mastery of hard-hitting, long-lasting blues-rock is on full display.  Produced by Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Raitt, Curtis Salgado, Taj Mahal) and featuring slide guitar master Leroy Parnell on “Lost In The Bottle.”  “Montoya is a show-stopper...Heartfelt singing and merciless guitar with a wicked icy burn...one of the truly gifted blues artists of his generation.” –Living Blues

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Coco Montoya: Guitar and Vocals
Mike Finnigan: Keyboards
Billy Watts: Rhythm Guitar (Tracks 1, 5, 6, 8, 11)
Johnny Lee Schel...

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Coco Montoya: Guitar and Vocals
Mike Finnigan: Keyboards
Billy Watts: Rhythm Guitar (Tracks 1, 5, 6, 8, 11)
Johnny Lee Schell: Rhythm Guitar (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10), Slide Guitar (Track 6)
Bob Glaub: Bass
Tony Braunagel: Drums
Lee Roy Parnell: Slide Guitar (Track 3)
Background Vocals by: Teresa James, Deb Ryder and Billy Watts (Track 5)
Teresa James, Deb Ryder, Mike Finnigan and Billy Watts (Track 6)
Mike Finnigan and Billy Watts (Tracks 9, 11)

Produced by Tony Braunagel
Recorded by Johnny Lee Schell at Ultratone Studio, Burbank, CA
Mixed by John Porter at The Old Brewery House, Malmesbury, UK
Lee Roy Parnell Recorded by Alex Jarvis at Casa Del Norte, Nashville, TN
Mastered by Rueben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering, Burbank, CA
Photos by Yves Bourgardier
Packaging Design by Kevin Niemiec

Coco Montoya thanks: My wife Lenora Montoya, for always trying to keep me moving in a positive direction; my manager John Boncimino, for his guidance and his belief in me; to all at Intrepid Artists booking agency for all the hard work of keeping me on the road; Diane Adams and Cliff Rehrig; Pat McClure; Ken and Sharon Cordray; The Basowski family; Virginia Adams; Marco Sanchez; Danny Cono; Joe, Sarah and Joey Bunetto; Large Al; Tim and Teresa Scalmanini; Roger Naber and all at the LRBC; Eddie "Pickleneck" Phelps; Jasmin Torquato; Donna Silje Skogen; Javier Jimenez; all at Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA; Deb Hopewell; Tom Armstrong and my cousin John Flores for giving me my first experience of making music. A very special thank you to my road band: Nathan Brown, Brant Leeper and Rena Beaver. These wonderful musicians bring 100% to every show. For this I will always be grateful! And to all my fans who have supported and stuck by me throughout the years. "Thank You."

The producer would like to thank all the musicians, singers, songwriters, and engineers for their inspired performances. Tony Braunagel would also like to thank Drum Workshop, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth, Remo Drumheads, Gon Bops Percussion, Protection Racket and SKB Cases.


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    Track Name Duration  
Play Song 1 Before the Bullets Fly
Author/Publisher:  Warren Haynes, John Jaworwicz & Henry Williams, Careers-BMG Music, Universal-MCA Music & BMG Music obo Two Tunnels Music, BMI/Crystal Southern Music, Eleuthera Music admin. by Conexion Media, ASCAP
3:13
Play Song 2 I Want To Shout About It
Author/Publisher:  Steve Gomes & Ronnie Earl Horvath, De Music/Happy Valley Music/Mr. Earl Publishing/Nugo Publishing, BMI
3:40
Play Song 3 Lost In The Bottle
Author/Publisher:  Dave Steen, Latersville Music, admin. by BMG Rights Mgmt., ASCAP
4:48
Play Song 4 Old Habits Are Hard To Break
Author/Publisher:  Marshall Chapman & John Hiatt, Tall Girl Music/Universal Music Careers, BMI
5:36
Play Song 5 I’ll Find Someone Who Will
Author/Publisher:  Terry Wilson & Teresa James, Jesi-Lu Music c/o Espy Music Group, BMI
5:40
Play Song 6 Devil Don’t Sleep
Author/Publisher:  Mike Farris, Gypsy 7 Music, BMI
5:03
Play Song 7 The Moon Is Full
Author/Publisher:  Gwen Collins, Eyeball Music, BMI
5:23
Play Song 8 Hard As Hell
Author/Publisher:  Dave Steen & Coco Montoya, Latersville Music admin. by BMG Rights Mgmt., ASCAP/Mr. Squiggles Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI
4:42
Play Song 9 ‘Bout To Make Me Leave Home
Author/Publisher:  Edward Randle, Irving Music, BMI
3:42
Play Song 10 Where Can A Man Go From Here?
Author/Publisher:  Homer Banks & Allen Jones Jr., Irving Music, BMI
5:02
Play Song 11 Truth Be Told
Author/Publisher:  Dave Steen & Coco Montoya, Latersville Music, admin. by BMG Rights Mgmt, ASCAP/Mr. Squiggles Music admin. by Eyeball Music, BMI
5:06
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