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James Cotton - The 2014 Tour

James Cotton is at it again, bringing his signature Tunica blues to two exclusive venues in Durham, North Carolina and Vienna, Virginia. First, catch James alongside a slew of fellow blues legends as he performs for the Blues Hall of Fame Tour. Catch Cotton alongside some of the biggest names in the southern blues movement, from Charlie Musselwhite to John Hammond. Enjoy the scenic atmosphere of downtown Durham as you experience a night of great food, great people, and great blues under the tutelage of one of the greatest blues artists of his generation.

Next up, don't miss James Cotton as he carries the night all on his own at the intimate and classy Barns, located in the beautiful Wolf Trap National Park. The Barns is an ideal venue for a music filled night in beautiful Vienna, Virginia, home to some of Vienna's most breathtaking ambiance and a short trip to the happening Tyco Road shops and restaurants. Enjoy James Cotton's indescribable talent with a hint of the cool evening breeze and a sunset skyline. Don't see James Cotton coming to your area? James' performances are few and far between, but never fear. Keep up to date on all of James Cotton's most up to date tour information right here at StubHub, your number one resource for all your ticket needs.

About James Cotton

James Cotton has been inspiring the masses with his unforgettable vocal and harmonica skills for over half a century. Hailing from the home of the Delta blues movement, James Cotton was born in Tunica, Mississippi, before spending his formidable years honing his talent in West Helena, Arkansas. Cotton soon fell under the talented wings of none other than Sonny Boy Williamson II, who would bestow his iconic blues band onto Cotton. Cotton, young and drunk on his own musical talent, wasn't able to hold the band together. Nonetheless his time under Williamson would prove to be fundamental in his development as a musician and as a person, and today James still references Sonny Boy Williamson as one of the most influential musicians of his career.

In his early days, Cotton pioneered the electric blues movement, signing with Sun Records and putting out a consistent stream of innovative and soulful hits. Cotton's experimentation with distortion would continue as he transitioned to jamming with the Muddy Waters Band, though James' talent as a harmonica legend wouldn't be recognized until the late 50s. By the 1960s James has broken off on his own once again, forming the James Cotton Blues Band and performing throughout North America.

The new decade brought new things, as Cotton moved over to Buddha Records and picked up his first shared Grammy Award alongside Muddy Waters. James would continue to stay in the Grammy's eyes throughout the 80s, picking up multiple nominations before finally winning Best Traditional Blues Album in the mid 90s. At this point James was an icon in the blues music scene, and despite having been around for more than thirty years, was still innovating and pioneering in all different sub genres of blues music.

Nearly sixty years on, James is still recording and putting out new material and bringing his nearly sixty years of performance experience onto stages all across North America. He's also lent his musical talents to various hallmarks of the blues music scene, including the iconic Blues show Blue Monday, special appearances on VH1, and performances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In his later years, Cotton has become more of an instrumentalist than a vocalist, and was featured on The Dr. Izzy Band's album Blind & Blues Bound as a harpist.

Previous Hits

While James' sound has morphed over the years, it has always retained his very own undeniable charm and character. Whether you're listening to his earliest electro blues pioneering on 1968's Cotton in Your Ears or 100% Cotton, or catching up with his Delta blues leanings on 1984's High Compression or 1987's Take Me Back, there's a James Cotton sound out there for everyone. His most famous singles include the timeless hits "Slow Blues", "The Creeper", his fifty year old classic "Got My Mojo Working", and the newly minted "Midnight Train", all instant classics that represent the quintessential James Cotton.


While James' talents are many and varied, he is perhaps best known for his work on the harmonica. James' harmonica skills are legend within the greater blues community and he is considered one of the foremost harmonica artists in the world. Despite this, James spent most of his early years playing different instruments before finally settling into the harmonica by the late 60s.

Cotton initially told stories of his mentor Sonny Boy Williamson II taking him in as an orphan and raising him. While not literally true, the story lends itself to the symbolic relationship between James and his beloved teacher.

The James Cotton Concert Experience

Get ready for over sixty years of expert performing experience distilled into one night of energy, blues, and laughs. There are few performers that have as much charisma and pure musical talent as James Cotton, and even fewer that have channeled those attributed for six decades straight. Don't miss your opportunity to see this living legend in the flesh - buy your tickets today!

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