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I Watched The Devil Die

Artist: Chris Cotton
Chris Cotton - I Watched The Devil Die CD
Label: Yellow Dog
Regular Price: $12.95
On Sale For: $6.48 
Year: 2005
Format: CD


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An aural portrait that owes a debt to Southern bluesmen and Americana pioneers alike, Chris Cotton’s Yellow Dog Records debut sounds like a house party caught on tape – world-weary men effortlessly strumming their guitars and bass, while passing around a jug of whiskey for sustenance. The barrelhouse piano, is, of course, pushed up against one wall; Cotton’s gravelly voice reigns over the debauchery. The scene is timeless – harkening back to days when the distinction between blues and country was hopelessly blurred.

Former Blue Eyed Devils frontman Cotton traveled to Clarksdale, MS to record I Watched the Devil Die at producer Jimbo Mathus’ vintage-equipment studio, housed in the city’s historic WROX radio building. Employing Memphis and Clarksdale sidemen including special guest Big Jack Johnson, Cotton and Mathus concocted a modern-day jam session with all the boisterous spirit of a classic down-home revival.

“[Cotton] insists on creating new blues for modern times, and the results, raucously boozy and righteously loose, are both like and unlike any blues you’ve ever heard before… borders on brilliance, albeit of a very ragged sort.” —Blues on Stage

“Riveting, rollicking and unique is more like it.” —Southland Blues

“Death — or some other danger — lurks around nearly every corner on Bay Area bluesman Chris Cotton's new solo CD...” —San Francisco Chronicle

Chris Cotton
1. Morgan City, Mississippi
2. Come On
3. I Watched the Devil Die
4. Dying Crapshooter’s Blues
5. That’s It
6. I’m So Glad
7. Was it low?
8. Black Night
(featuring Big Jack Johnson) 9. Louis Collins
10. Blues for Big Bill
11. Bill Bailey
12. Goin’ Back Home
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