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Zack PJan 12, 2009 11:03 PM GMT
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I love that man! I've seen that many times. Cotton is great!
Thanks for posting.
You bet Peter! Unbelievable tone! Even that 6 hole bend in there sounds fat! I am not a big fan of his electric tone really I love his acoustic-cupped tone. He's got mighty wah's. Have you seen "The Creeper" from this same show; it is on YouTube? It is GREAT!!!
The recorded version is intense, too. It's called "Blues in My Sleep" and it was recorded on Verve in 1968.
one of my favorites on youtube. Check this out.satan and adam"sunshine in the shade"
thats the poop ,i have learned alot from Cotton ,and I wish everybody could taste his cooking ,his cornbread is killer ,and hes the one who nicknamed me Snakeman ,he even took me to new orleans to get a mojo ,its been in my pocket for 6 years now, hes the real deal a living legend ,and his tone is as big as his heart,taught me alot about love ,life and living the blues
I love James Cotton! He's awesome and I so hope I get the opportunity to not only see him play in person but to meet him as well...
You gotta play that waaaaaaay behind the beat and phrase mainly off the 2 and the 4, and let the groove do a lot of the heavy lifting, so that you can leave lots of space there to allow the tension to build on its own so that you need to play as few notes as possible to make it work. For the gearheads, Cotton's playing thru the PA.
makes me want to sell all my mics and amps except a sm58 or 2! then follow james around for a few years.
he has been a big influence on me, via cd for many years now- in fact, lp, cassette, cd and now youtube.
the very first song i ever played out live, third position, with a band, was a version of his version of "23 hours too long", which i still do some 10 years later.
few harpmen can take a p.a. mic and do what he did there. i sometimes switch between my harp rig and the vocal mic but james is just hands down the boss of this.
Tone comes from the player--breath and mic handling technique. So many would be harp players use equipment that masks or defines their tone instead of responding to what they are actually playing. Not Cotton.
Btw, I'm not sure that Cotton isn't playing a PAstylemic into a Fender Super Reverb up until about the 4 minute mark when he starts to switch back and forth between mics. I'm not sure, though, it may all be through the PA. But it reallydoesn'tmake any difference. His tone is outstanding no matter what he's playing through. An original master.
cotton always plays threw the pa ,and and uses a shure sm58 ,but last year when he played in weehawkin n.j. he used my jt30 with shure 99a86 element and my retubed reissue bassman amp ,i just made him a mic a jt30 with shure 99a86 element and he just got it yesterday ,he called me to tell me he cant wait to try it ,if you go to the jt30 site you can see pics of him with my mic,any other question on Cotton I can answer and if i cant answer them ill call him and ask him myself so feel free to ask
I do remember seeing him in the days when he always blew thru an amp, which he essentially stopped doing in 1977. When he was carrying an amp, it was more like the way things were in the 40's, 50's, and much of the 60's where the amp was also functioning as a PA, which most players today think I'm nuts by saying that, but this is the truth, and if you look at most amps made until the mid 50's, there's usually 2 inputs, one that says instrument, and another that says microphone, and they were vocied differently so that the vocals would always carry over the guitar. The famous Bogen PA for most clubs even back then were woefully inadequate and mainly used in high schools and that's what they were basically only good for.
When I started out in the 70's, if you didn't have a Shure Vocal Master as a PA, the most common PA setup that was being used was either using a Twin Reverb amp with an extension cabinet, like a Showman cabinet with 2-12's or 2-15's, or a Dual Showman head with a pair opf those cabinets.
yea bob you are right cotton did use amps in the early days ,and he still has a couple of amps in the closet in the bedroom i sleep in when im at his house ,he has an original 59 bassman ,and a super reverb ,he stopped useing amps when he did a gig with sonny terry and saw him use the pa mic ,and you are also right about amps being used as pa units ,your a very well informed dude ,old school cat like myself ,blow brother blow