release in 2000 from ALLIGATOR RECORDS
"AWE INSPIRING" -- Village Voice
"An ASTOUNDING guitar VIRTUOSO and a FORCEFUL singer" -- Billboard
Between his white hot guitar playing and his masterful vocals, Coco Montoya has talent to burn. In a career that spans almost 30 years, he's gone from drumming as a sideman to singing, playing guitar and leading his own band and headlining major blues festivals all over the world. montoya earned his spot at the top of the contemporary blues world through years of hard work and constant touring. And it all started with a chance meeting in the mid-1970s with legendary bluesman Albert Collins, who offered Montoya a gig as his drummer for over five years, eventually teaching the youngster blues guitar and becoming Montoya's mentor. Then an opportunity to perform for John Mayall led to Montoya's playing guitar and touring the world for ten years with the legendary Bluesbreakers. Since stepping out as a bandleader in 1993, Montoya released three solo albums and hasn't stopped touring since. As fans' jaws dropped, critics everywhere raved about Montoya's mind-bending guitar licks and impassioned vocals. "The fiery blues that issue forth from Coco Montoya's guitar are awe-inspiring and boogie requiring," shouted The Village Voice. "Montoya's singing is completely commanding," cheered Blues Revue. Now, with Suspicion (AL 4871), his debut for Alligator Records, Montoya releases his most powerful record yet.