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Montoya will rock the Buff

Staff Report

Coco Montoya will bring his trademark blues guitar wizardry to the Buffalo Valley restaurant Saturday, Sept. 21. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.

Montoya’s 30-year career has included playing with some of the greats in the blues business. He toured with Albert Collins for five years and played with John Mayall for 10 years. In 1996 he was nominated for four W.C. Handy awards and won the Best New Blues Artist that year.

As Collins’ protege in the early 1970s, Montoya picked up on his mentor’s “icy hot” style of blues guitar. Mayall saw the act five years later and invited Montoya to join the legendary Bluesbreakers, Mayall’s band.

Montoya went out on his own in 1995. His 1996 album, “Think I’d Know Better,” on Blind Pig Records, sat on the Billboard Blues Chart for 14 weeks, reaching the No. 10 position.

In the intervening years, Montoya has not slowed down, appearing at clubs, concert halls and festivals all over the world. At every venue fans and critics have raved about his guitar licks and passionate vocals.

“Completely commanding, biting, chilling, swampy, beautiful; a modern blues master,” said Blues Revue.

Billboard magazine called him “an astounding guitar virtuoso and a forceful singer.”

Tickets for Montoya are $20 in advance and $24 at the door. They are available at the Watersweeper and the Dwarf, Design Audio/Video, Glenwood Music and the Buffalo Valley in Glenwood Springs; Harrelson Music in Rifle; Bob’s House of Music in Eagle and Sound Easy in Carbondale. Visa/MasterCard tickets are available by calling 970-963-1303 for a surcharge.

Montoya’ appearance is a smoke-free McIntosh Music Productions concert sponsored by Bob’s House of Music, Glenwood Music, Buffalo Valley, KSPN and KTUN radio.

For information, contact Annie McIntosh at 928-7554.


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