Coco Montoya is the former guitarist of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. He joined the group after Mayall heard him play in 1984 in Los Angeles, where he celebrated his birthday and Montoya played. The cooperation of both bluesmen lasted for 10 years. Previously, Montoya performed with Albert Collins, from whom he learned the “icy hot” style. The Santa Monica-born guitarist’s career began with this collaboration.
Montoya is a self-taught guitarist different from the rest. He plays with his left hand, and additionally on an upside-down guitar. – I’ve never had any lessons. I tried to watch other guitarists and capture what they were doing with their fingers and fingers. It was the same with Albert King. We sat down and played. He always told me not to think during the game, but to feel. I don’t know all the tricks, but I know I can express all my emotions with my play, ”said Montoya.
After many years of performing on many blues stages in the company of great musicians, Montoya himself gained a lot of recognition. Guitar One Magazine described him as “the hottest blues pitcher” and raved about his masterful touch and “killer tone”.
In 1993, Montoya began his solo career. To date, the guitarist from Santa Monica has released 9 albums. The latest, “Songs form the Road” was released in mid-2014.
All 11 of Coco’s albums are available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3egYBD9
1. Coming In Hot – 2019
2. Hard Truth – 2017
3. Songs From the Road – 2014
4. I Want It All Back – 2010
5. The Essential Coco Montoya – 2009
6. Dirty Deal – 2007
7. Can’t Look Back – 2002
8. Suspicion – 2000
9. Just Let Go – 1997
10. Ya Think I’d Know Better – 1996
11. Gotta Mind To Travel – 1995
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