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1. Before the Bullets Fly 3:13
2. I Want To Shout About It 3:40
3. Lost In The Bottle 4:48
4. Old Habits Are Hard To Break 5:36
5. I’ll Find Someone Who Will 5:40
6. Devil Don’t Sleep 5:03
7. The Moon Is Full 5:23
8. Hard As Hell 4:42
9. ‘Bout To Make Me Leave Home (3:42)
10. Where Can A Man Go From Here? (5:02)
11. Truth Be Told (5:06)

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)

 

Listening to Coco Montoya’s wailing, hard-edged guitar blaze away, you’d never guess that Montoya played primarily as a drummer for the late Albert Collins. Stimulated by an Albert King performance in 1969, with Collins as a mentor and main source of encouragement, Montoya took to the guitar (his second instrument since age 11) with a passion, honing his skills with John Mayall’s (another great mentor) Bluesbreakers for a decade before launching his own solo career 24 years ago. This is his ninth solo effort as a bandleader.

Funny, just about every fifth new blues release I’ve picked up in the last few months has Tony Braunagel as producer. Here’s Tony again with his stellar cast of LA-based musicians like Mike Finnegan on keys, Johnny Lee Schell and Billy Watts as rhythm guitarists, Bob Glaub on bass, Braunagel on drums and background vocalists ( solo artists in their own right) Deb Ryder and Teresa James. Lee Roy Parnell guests on “Lost in the Battle.”

This marks Montoya’s return to Alligator records, for whom he recorded between 2000 and 2007. What sets Montoya apart from other guitarists in this genre is the unpredictability of his spiraling solos combined with full bodied tone. His vocals carry equal fury and passion. Montoya is most often engaged in song interpretation rather than writing originals, of which there are two among the eleven songs. Highlights include his takes on Warren Haynes’ “Before the Bullets Fly,” Ronnie Earl’s “I Want to Shout About It” and the Marshall Chapman /John Hiatt co-penned “Old Habits Are hard to Break.” It’s almost uncanny how much he sounds like Mayall in his phrasing when listening to some of these tunes.

As with all of his albums, Montoya nods to Albert Collins, here covering “The Moon Is Full.” Montoya does this carefully. “One of the things Albert taught me is to interpret a song your own way.” Montoya says. “He was never impressed with people who would imitate him note for note.” Count on Coco to do it his way. Montoya’s intensity carries throughout the album, recalling for me his intense, live performances where he often solos with his eyes closed, finding spirituality in his guitar playing, not unlike Carlos Santana.

Welcome back to Alligator, Carlos. Listen up and catch him live when you can. —Jim Hynes, elmoremagazine.com

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Coco Montoya - Ya Think Id Know Better (1996) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1257-coco-montoya/12524-coco-montoya-ya-think-id-know-better-1996.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1257-coco-montoya/12524-coco-montoya-ya-think-id-know-better-1996.html Coco Montoya - Ya Think Id Know Better (1996)

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01 - Monkey see, monkey do
02 - Seven desires
03 - Hiding place
04 - The heart of soul
05 - Tumbleweed
06 - Fool in love
07 - Can't get my ass in gear
08 - You'd think i'd know better by now
09 - Big boy pete
10 - Too much of a good thing
11 - Dyin' flu

Personnel: 
Coco Montoya (vocals, guitar); 
Ernie Cate (vocals); 
Lee Roy Parnell (guitar, slide guitar, background vocals); 
Earl Cate (guitar, background vocals); 
Michael Toles (guitar); 
Benny Yee (piano, organ, keyboards); 
Ernest Williamson (keyboards); 
Steve Ehrmann (bass, background vocals); 
Dave Smith (bass); 
Marty Binder (drums, percussion); 
Steve Potts (drums); 
William Brown, Bertrand Brown (background vocals).

 

With his second album Ya Think I'd Know Better, Coco Montoya ditches the guest stars and opts for a menu of pure, unadulterated Montoya. The results are quite impressive, to say the least. For the moment, overlook his somewhat pedestrian vocals and just concentrate on his scintillating guitar work. It's no secret that Montoya cultivated a reputation as one of the finest guitarists of the '80s and '90s through his session work, but even those familiar with his gutsy, electrifying style will be taken aback by the stylistic variety and musical depth on Ya Think I'd Know Better. Montoya even pulls skunk-hot solos out of the most predictable blues-rockers, while his smoldering solos on slower numbers like "Dyin' Flu" are passionate and moving. Best of all, Coco puts down his electric for acoustic romps like the earthy "Hiding Place." In short, Ya Think I'd Know Better answers the question whether Coco Montoya is a vital bluesman for the '90s, and the answer is an emphatic "yes!" --- Thom Owens, Rovi

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Coco Montoya - Gotta A Mind To Travel (1995) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1257-coco-montoya/5615-coco-montoya-gotta-a-mind-to-travel-1995.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1257-coco-montoya/5615-coco-montoya-gotta-a-mind-to-travel-1995.html Coco Montoya - Gotta A Mind To Travel (1995)

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1. Too Much Water'
2. Gotta A Mind To Travel
3. Talkin' Woman Blues
4. Someday After Awhile
5. Top Of The Hill
6. Same Dog
7. Love Jail
8. You Don't Love Me
9. Nothin' In The Streets
10. Am I Losing You'

Personnel:
Coco Montoya (vocals, guitar);
Debbie Davies (vocals, guitar, background vocals);
John Mayall (vocals, harmonica, piano);
Darrell Leonard, Joe Sublett (horns);
Benny Yee (piano, organ); Rob Rio (piano);
Al Kooper, Mike Finnegan (organ);
Mark Williams (drums, percussion);
Richard Hayward, Joe Yuele (drums);
Keillie Rucker (background vocals).

 

Years of apprenticeship with Albert Collins and John Mayall paid off handsomely for Montoya on this debut effort. Even with help from some famous friends (Debbie Davies, Al Kooper, Richie Hayward [Little Feat], and both former employers), Montoya asserts himself as the focal point. Sadly, this was one of Collins' last studio appearances before his death, playing on the Lowell Fulson-penned "Talking Woman Blues" (commonly known as "Honey Hush"). Although Montoya showcases his massive guitar muscle, it is merely a fraction of the power of his live performances. --- Char Ham, Rovi

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Coco Montoya - Dirty Deal (2007) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1257-coco-montoya/5589-coco-montoya-dirty-deal-2007.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1257-coco-montoya/5589-coco-montoya-dirty-deal-2007.html Coco Montoya - Dirty Deal (2007)

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1. Last Dirty Deal
2. Three Sides To Every Story
3. Love Gotcha
4. How Do You Sleep At Night_
5. It Takes Time
6. It's My Own Tears
7. Coin Operated Love
8. Clean Slate
9. Put The Shoe On The Other Foot
10. It's All Your Fault
11. Ain't No Brakeman
Personnel: Coco Montoya (vocals, guitar); Coco Montoya; Paul Barrére (guitar, slide guitar, percussion, background vocals); Fred Tackett (guitar); Kenny Gradney, Steve Evans (electric bass); Tony Stead, Bill Payne (keyboards); Randy Hayes, Richie Hayward (drums); Roger Cole (percussion, background vocals); Ed Kanon (percussion).

 

At times on Dirty Deal, it's virtually a Little Feat reunion, with five members from the classic lineup helping out on "Three Sides to Every Story," giving it a wonderful, funky momentum. Coco Montoya himself is definitely a better-than-average guitarist and singer when it comes to the R&B/blues axis, although he's at his best on tracks like "How Do You Sleep at Night?" where he has the chance to pull more emotion from his instrument; in this case, more than a touch of bitterness. He's cut from the same cloth as Robert Cray, but without the same soulful subtlety. Montoya is more a shot and a beer than a smooth cocktail. You come away from this with the sense that he holds nothing back, and even a performance in the studio would be sweaty; there's that amount of commitment. And while he may not be one of the guitar gods, when he unleashes a flurry of notes (as on "It Takes Time") he's still a powerhouse. Perhaps the biggest problem is that, although he cranks in all departments, there's very little to really distinguish his music from many others mining the same seam. --- Chris Nickson, Rovi

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