Eddie Cotton review…September 6, 2015…

EDDIE COTTON

ONE AT A TIME

DECHAMP RECORDS  100315

ONE AT A TIME–BE CAREFUL–BETTER DEAL–CATCH I WANTED–DEAD END STREET–FAIR WEATHER LOVER–FILLING ME WITH PLEASURE–HARD RACE TO WIN–JE NE SAIS QUOI–MISSISSIPPI–MY MONEY–EGO AT YOUR DOOR–RACE TO THE DOLLAR–WAR IS OVER

Eddie Cotton is one of those great “young guns” of the blues under the umbrella of DeChamp Records, the label owned by fellow bluesman Grady Champion.  For his latest release, Eddie is joined by Grady as well as fellow labelmate JJ Thames for “One At A Time,” fourteen cuts of original, down-home blues that lets Eddie run wild on the guitar.

Born in Clinton, MS, Eddie’s a preacher’s son who has successfully bridged the gap between the blues and the gospel he grew up on.  There are several highlights on this set, all of which burn deep with Eddie’s passionate picking and singing.  Starting off, his guitar struts its considerable stuff as he tells everyone that the old “tryin’ to love two” game is gettin’ too hard to play, so he’s vowing to love ’em “One At A Time” from now on! “Be Careful” rides that “endless boogie” over Eddie’s warning to watch out for “roosters totin’ knives” in the decisions we make!  He burns up some slow blues on the tale of those women who are done with you “when you spend your last dime,” those “Fair Weather Lovers.”  He touches on vintage soul with the “steal away” lovers who find solace on a “Dead End Street,” and again on the horn-and-keys-driven tale that has Eddie telling a lover, “I’m checkin’ my Ego At The Door.”

We had two favorites, too.   Eddie recounts lessons learned from his father and tells it like it is–“time gives, and time takes away,” and “the race against time is A Hard Race To Win.”  And, the slow-blues of “Better Deal” is a classic.  Eddie does it up Iceman style, his sweet licks ridin’ over the story of his lover who’s givin’ the “back door man a Better Deal than me!!”

Eddie Cotton is sho’ nuff a BAD man, and he’s got the guitar to back it up.  Want some good down-home blues?  Get some Eddie Cotton and “One At A Time!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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