RIP James Cotton
Anyone who's ever cared more than slightly about blues harmonica knows who James Cotton was. Cotton had a huge sound, and it certainly made an impression on me.
In 1979, I went to Nashville to do a "masterclass" session for oak publications with Charlie mcCoy and Cotton. At one point in the session, McCoy--who had studied Little Walter very carefully--told me that he'd always regretted not meeting Walter, but after spending a couple of hours with Cotton, he felt like he had.
As it happens, I dedicated one of the tune on my record "The Lucky One" to Cotton and Magic Dick. I was thinking of Cotton when I recorded the rhythm harmonica for this piece. I'm thinking of him now, too.
RIP James Cotton, and thanks for the inspiration.