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Chris Cotton recently returned from a nationwide tour of live performances, taking him through fourteen states in five weeks – from his west-coast base of San Francisco to the east coast of Florida and back. He’s written a blog about the trip entitled 14,000 miles in 28,000 words – check it out on Chris’ myspace site: www.myspace.com/cottonchris.

The past year has been an eventful one for Cotton as he was nominated for Artist of the Year in BluesWax magazine’s readers poll, and is profiled in an article in the Spring issue of Frets magazine.

And last month, we received our 100th Anniversary edition of Blues Revue magazine in which Chris is featured in a 2-page article as one of “Ten Artists to Watch” representing the future of the blues. We love Chris’ “callout” quote, set in large type: “The Blues is choking on this image of instrumentalist-driven bands: loud guitar players, loud harmonica players, 10-minute solos.”

We’re thrilled to announce that Chris Cotton has been nominated by BluesWax magazine’s reader poll for Artist of the Year, and his 2005 release I Watched the Devil Die has been nominated for Album of the Year!

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Voting for the finalist in each category is ongoing until midnight, Sunday, January 29. Please visit this link at BluesWax to vote for Chris! You may need to register first if you are not already a BluesWax subscriber.

Congratulations to Chris for this honor!

The good folks at Tweed’s Blues have named Chris Cotton‘s I Watched the Devil Die as the “All-Around Best Blues CD of 2005″!

The Tweedboard is one of the most lively, cordial, and informed discussion forums about the blues that we’ve found (usually, two out of those three is the best you can do.) Drop by for a visit sometime and check them out.

Chris Cotton wrote and recorded a new song in response to the tragedy caused by Hurricane Katrina. He writes:

“The song above is a brand new song that I recorded September 26th, 2005 at Jory’s place in Fairfax, CA. He was good enough to give me an hour of his time for this project. Please take a look at his website.

This tune I began writing the last week of aug.(thanks oma) right before Katrina had her way with the gulf Coast and it didn’t take much to make “What Would You Do” into the song that it needed to be.

The flooding in NOLA and the people who were too poor or too infirm to escape suffered far too much. The government is to blame for 100% of the problem getting in there to help people. They have forgotten what the fundumental purpose of their jobs are: to protect American people.

I decided to just record the song and let people have it to listen to. This is not for charity or for profit or for anything other than listening to. Enjoy!”

  • Download “What Would You Do” from Chris’ web site
  • More details, sound samples, and reviews of Chris’ I Watched the Devil Die
  • Trailer for upcoming documentary film Cotton
  • Album shipping now! Visit the Order page to get your copy.


Chris Cotton‘s new disc I Watched the Devil Die is receiving great airplay! It’s charted for the past two months on the Living Blues radio chart as well as the Roots Music Report radio chart. Produced by Jimbo Mathus and recorded with local musicians in Clarksdale, MS, the album is a modern-day jam session with all the boisterous spirit of a classic rent party.

Chris was featured in this article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Visit Chris’ calendar for details of his upcoming tour to Eugene, Portland and Seattle. Update: plenty of great reviews are coming in! We’ve added another new batch of them to the site.

Tin Can Films of San Francisco is producing a documentary video about Chris Cotton and his recent studio session to record his new album. They’ve recently published a trailer previewing the video – it features a portion of an interview with ‘Philadelphia’ Jerry Ricks as well as other footage. Check out the trailer here.

Chris’s new disc I Watched the Devil Die is still enjoying great airplay – currently #9 on the Roots Music Report radio chart – and has garnered a raft of enthusiastic reviews. Produced by Jimbo Mathus and recorded with local musicians in Clarksdale, MS, the album is a modern-day jam session with all the boisterous spirit of a classic rent party.