The old Willie Dixon adage, “blues is truth,” perfectly describes the searing, contemporary blues-rock of world-renowned guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya. Taught by the “Master of the Telecaster,” Albert Collins, but possessing a hard-edged sound and style all his own, Montoya mixes his forceful, melodic guitar playing and passionate vocals with memorable songs while delivering the blues’ hardest truths. He earned his status as a master guitarist and soul-powered vocalist through years of paying his dues as a sideman with Collins (first as a drummer) and then with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, before launching his solo career in 1993. Constant touring with Collins and Mayall turned Montoya into an incendiary guitar player and dynamic performer. Montoya has released eight solo albums—including three for Alligator between 2000 and 2007—and has played at clubs, concert halls, and major festivals all over the world. Guitar Player describes Montoya performances as containing “stunning, powerhouse blues with a searing tone, emotional soloing, and energetic, unforced vocals.”
Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave. Friday, May 10. 9:00 pm. $20.00 Ticketweb.com. 21 & over.