James Cotton by Brita Brookes
"I caught James Cotton live as part of the Blues at the Crossroads:Tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf Tour which was travelling all over the United States. The show was at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan which is a very artsy liberal college town. Seeing James Cotton so close was a thrill. He played a set with Bob Margolin, Jody Williams and Kim Wilson. Margolin, Wilson and Cotton got down and dirty with a rendition of Muddy Waters “Sad Letter Blues.” As Cotton sat in his chair and breathed hard on his harp, Bob Margolin showed us that signature Waters slide with his steel guitar. You could almost feel Muddy Waters’ presence in the room.
I had a zoom lens so I could not get the entire line-up, so I focused on just Cotton for a few bars and got this photo. He was a big man and had a great presence on stage. At this show I also was lucky enough to get a message after the concert from Bob Margolin asking for a photo I took of him. This one concert led to numerous connections with promoters and future Blues concert passes, so it was kind of a catalyst for my work. The image is special to me because of the Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters music memories and for being able to experience these living Blues legends live. James Cotton passed away a few years later."
16x20 Framed Image - $300.00