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It all started with a
chance meeting in the mid-1970s with legendary bluesman Albert Collins, who
offered Montoya a spot in his band, where he stayed for the next five years.
Coco was initially hired as Collins’ drummer and later—with Albert mentoring
him on the guitar—became the band’s rhythm guitarist. A few years after leaving
Collins’ band, British blues star John Mayall heard Coco jamming onstage and
was so impressed that he hired him for the newly reformed Bluesbreakers.
When Montoya launched
his solo career in 1993, he already had an instantly recognizable burning-hot
sound and style all his own. His debut album solidified his stature as the
blues’ newest rising star. Over the course of his nine previous solo albums,
Montoya has consistently delivered piping hot blues, rock and soul. His new
album (his fifth for Alligator), Coming
In Hot, is another instant classic. Montoya’s fiery, melodic guitar playing
and passionate vocals fuel one memorable song after another. Guitar Player says Montoya plays
"stunning, powerhouse blues with a searing tone, emotional soloing, and
energetic, unforced vocals."
Now, with Coming In Hot, Coco Montoya again turns the burners to high and cooks from start to finish. Still an indefatigable road warrior, Montoya continues to tour virtually nonstop, bringing audiences to their feet from New York to New Orleans to Chicago to San Francisco. Across the globe, he’s performed in countries including Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, England, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Italy, Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Canada. According to Living Blues, "Montoya is a show-stopper...heartfelt singing and merciless guitar with a wicked icy burn...he swings like a jazz man and stings like the Iceman, Albert Collins. He is one of the truly gifted blues artists of his generation.”