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Tyrone Cotton

by Tyrone Cotton

From Louisville Kentucky Tyrone Cotton is a quintessentially American artist, exhileratingly real, steeped in the blues and mixing folk, gospel, jazz and pop to make American music which has been compared to Tom Waits, Dylan, Ray LaMontagne, Johnny Cash
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1. Breaking Away
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2. What's Wrong
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3. Nightwind
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4. Sally Ann
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5. Naomi
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6. High-water Rising
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7. Storm
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8. Sweet Virginia
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9. As Befits A Man (Don't Mind Dying)
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10. Most Of the Time
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11. This Time
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12. Evening Song
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13. Something
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Singer, Songwriter, guitarist Samuel Tyrone Cotton grew up in Louisville Kentucky. His Grandfather’s rough, beautifully arresting
singing grabbed the young Tyrone’s full attention. His grandfather was a baptist preacher. He sang with a near illegal charm. He
cast a spell. There was always music around. Cotton’s mother loved gospel and R&B, and his fi rst concert experience was BB
King, who thrilled and captivated the youngster with his playing and his tale weaving.
Cotton took up the guitar at 13, and it became the central focus of his life. By 15 he was playing in garage bands. He began to
realize that the music within him was making him feel emotions that he could share and communicate with others. Music became
his vehicle of expression.
Cotton has moved audiences in every size venue from New York University to the Kyoto International Folk Festival in Japan,
where he has toured four times. After opening for Rahn Burton, former pianist for jazz legend Rasahn Roland Kirk, Burton said
“Tyrone can play his music anywhere in the world. If it were not true I would not say it.”
After a Louisville performance, Beat-legend Lawrence Ferlinghetti approached Cotton to tell him, “You’re the real thing.” Historian
Douglas Brinkley was blown away by Cotton’s performance at an INSOMNIACATHON music and poetry Festival. And legendary
composer, musician, author David Amram, who has heard Cotton several times, said in his usual animated manner,” He’s amazing!”
Cotton’s style, in part, was born while studying classical guitar in college. Also around this time he began playing blues and folk
blues in coffee shops and small venues, mixing blues with classical. He employed classical techniques such as a right hand classical
fi nger style, playing arpeggios of chords instead of strumming. He also began to sing. He developed a love for words, especially the
work of Langston Hughes, and began to realize their power. The desire to play music, to sing, and to tell a story was born.
For Cotton, the blues was a point of departure. He mixed it with folk, rock, jazz, and pop. He explored. He assimilated the sights
and sounds of his ever-expanding environment and made them his own. He found his voice, and a new blues was born.
There is no other performer, no other sound or voice or style, quite like Tyrone Cotton.
He is an original.
On this recording, produced by Danny Kiely, Louisville KY based Tyrone Cotton is accompanied by a truly stellar group of
musicians. Keyboardist Gabe Dixon, (Paul McCartney, Gabe Dixon Band), guitarist Steve Ferguson (founding member of the
legendary NRBQ), guitarist Tim Krekel (Jimmy Buffet, Billy Swan), drummer Tommy Hambridge (Susan Tedeschi) and harpist
known only to us as "Jellyroll" Johnson. In addition to Ferguson and Krekel many other Louisville natives present here include
drummer Paul Culligan, guitarist Mark "lupe" Hamilton, keyboardist Pete Petersen, saxophonist Reid Jahn, and Danny Kiely on
double bass.


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Mr Cotton helps me unwind
I love to put this CD on in the background when I get home from a long stressful day at work. I do the same with Miles Davis and Amos Lee.

Michael Dean Óðinn Pollock

Once in awhile a diamond emerges from the myre of our modern day musical landsca
Tyrones voice rings deep and true...a classic timeless genre crossing border crossing voice in the wilderness of so called modern day civilization ...a cry of love/humanity in the desert an oasis of beautyfull stories/melodies.

Nancy Bonura

Refreshing, surprising, totally mesmerizing. WOW!
Finally something new that is quite amazing! It's a compilation of moods and sounds that's hard to pinpoint but pulls you in in the first few notes of the CD.Can't wait to hear his next CD! Thanks for the refreshing tunes!

CD Baby

With a striking assortment of stylistic exploration and embodiment of genres from straight up Americana to hints of rhythm and blues, modern pop to singer/songwriter folk rock, Tyrone Cotton somehow makes all these moods, languages and directions meld into one, cohesive sound, unusually original and especially personal. With his distinct voice, slightly reminiscent of Bob Seger (or even the faintest hint of Otis Redding), he carries these songs with an unforgettable presence, as lush as David Gray and as raw as Dylan. Don't miss this one.

Brian Hubbard

Finally... people are making American music
I listened to this CD and had two immediate impressions: This is American music that is rarely being made these days, much less recorded, and second, this is music that is an amalgam of all the wonderful music that passed up and down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, plus it has a pop appeal. If you appreciate Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, James McMurtry, or Warren Zevon, this is a must listen. I hope tyrone keeps workin it...

Ron Whitehead

Tyrone Cotton is The Best Blues Musician in the world today!
Tyrone Cotton is The Best Blues Singer/Musician in the world today! Nobody, and I mean nobody, else compares! He is an American Original, A Jewel! It's about damn time he's getting some recognition!

Michael Todd Rohrman

Best damned player I know
Although a little partial having known Tyrone for some 30 years or so. Having first heard him play in the basement I knew he had it. Hats off to Tyrone for the incredible job he has done. My all time favorite is befits a man, now livelier than the original version he done is still my favorite. Check him out sometime you won't be disappointed. Thanks Ty for the many years.

I was looking to find an artist who had a differennt sound than something i've heard before. He has a raspy, interesting voice and the music has a wonderful blues-y soulful sound. I love it.