| AUGUST 2012: Coco Montoya - Blues Blast Magazine Cover Story
Coco Montoya is featured on the cover of the current Blues Blast magazine (Aug. 24, 2012). The cover story delves into Coco's history with an emphasis on his first major guitar-playing role, working with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers (guitarist alumni of the band include Eric Clapton, Peter Green and former Rolling Stone, Mick Taylor). In the interview, Montoya highlights his variety of influences in and outside of the blues which range from soul to doo-wop to traditional Mexican music. Coco proclaims, in the piece, a need for contemporary blues artists to return to their varying influences by "mixing things up and stirring the pot." Since his solo career began, Montoya has won the Best New Blues Artist Award at the Blues Music Awards (1996), released seven albums and toured extensively worldwide. His latest CD, I Want It All Back, was produced by Keb Mo and Jeff Paris who also play on the entire CD. Billboard Magazine raved about Coco "In a world of blues guitar pretenders, Coco Montoya is the real McCoy. Be prepared to get scorched." See tour dates >>
JANUARY 2010: Coco Montoya To Release I Want It All Back March 9th
Coco Montoya will release his 7th solo album, I Want It All Back, on March 9th, 2010. The disc is produced by Keb' Mo' and Jeff Paris, who also play on the entire album, Keb' on rhythm guitar and Jeff on keyboards. Mentored by legendary bluesman Albert Collins (a Rosebud artist until his passing in 1993), Coco went on to become the guitarist for John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers for ten years before leading his own band. Upon releasing his debut album, he won Best New Blues Artist at the 1996 Blues Music Awards.
Coco will be touring Europe extensively throughout the winter: mid-January through mid-February he will be heading the Blues Caravan 2010 featuring Coco Montoya, Meena, Shakura S'Aida, playing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, followed by solo dates through mid-March in Switzerland, England, The Netherlands and Belgium. Please see Tour Dates >>
SEPTEMBER 2009: The Essential Coco Montoya Out October 20, 2009 - Coco On Tour with Tommy Castro This Fall
The Essential Coco Montoya will be released by Blind Pig Records on October 20, 2009. All of the songs were hand picked by Coco and span his first three solo albums from 1995-1997. Mentored by legendary bluesman Albert Collins (a Rosebud artist until his passing in 1993), Coco went on to become the guitarist for John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers for ten years before leading his own band. Upon releasing his debut album, he won Best New Blues Artist at the 1996 Blues Music Awards. This fall Coco will embark on a run of tour dates with The Tommy Castro Band as well as dates on his own, please see tourd dates.