Eddie Cotton, Jr. is an electric blues guitarist who had an affinity for the blues at an early age. Born in Clinton, Mississippi, Cotton grew up singing and playing gospel music in his father’s church. He began listening to the blues as a youth, it would not be long before that foot stomping down home music would stir in his soul, inspiring him to pick up the electric guitar and cleverly interpret the blues with an original modern flare.
Cotton studied music theory at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, all the while playing at local jukes and sitting in with local artists including bluesman King Edward Antoine. Cotton also had exposure to a vast list of legendary blues artist such as Robert Johnson, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters (the list goes on) all in which served as great inspirations. It was befitting, that Cotton, parlay his talents by producing live recordings such as “Live at the Alamo,” and “Back to the Alamo.” As well as studio recordings, “You’re the Girl” and “Extra.” In these recordings, Eddie Cotton displays his musicianship with an unrelenting charismatic energy that can not be duplicated, only felt.
His drive and unshakable passion for the blues, landed him an opportunity to be featured in Vanity Fair’s 2003 Music issue, Billboard Magazine, Anne Leibovitzs book “American Music,” and more. Cotton has grooved audiences from Mississippi and beyond including performances at the Chicago Blues Festival, Mississippi Day in Central Park (Manhattan, New York), The Skanevik Blues Festival (Norway,Sweden) and the Grammy Museum (Los Angeles, California. Eddie Cotton, Jr. was featured in several films like “Jon Jon in the Sky,” “The Rising Place,” “The Robert Johnson Story,” and “ The Last of the Mississippi Jukes.
Eddie Cotton has shared line-ups with Honey Boy Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Bobby Rush, King Edward, B.B.King, Little Milton Campbell, Ike Turner, Buddy Miles, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, John Mayall, Sony Rhodes, Grady Champion, Zac Harmon, Smokey Wilson, Cassandra Wilson, Mable Staples, Brandy, The William Brothers, Paul Overstreet, Charlie Pride, Marty Stewart, Dorothy Moore, Johnny Lang, Etta James, Gladys Knight, Pattie Labelle, Chaka Khan, Nannette Workman, Ohio Players, The Temptations and more.