XPNFest Recap: Harmonica maestro James Cotton revvs up the Marina Stage

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James Cotton | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
James Cotton | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Mississippi harmonica master James Cotton took to the Marina Stage at the XPoNential Music Festival tonight, showing the crowd what blues is all about. He was backed by a lively three-piece rhythm section that riffed on an introductory number before the 79-year-old Cotton took the stage.

Cotton performed seated and worked his way through a set of songs including “Got My Mojo Workin’” and “Rocket 88.” He wasn’t much for conversation, but his powerful harmonica playing had the audience entranced. Check out a gallery of photos and the setlist below, and listen to the performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

James Cotton | Photos by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Setlist
Wouldn’t Treat A Dog
Hard Times
How Long Can A Fool Go Wrong
Blow Wind Blow
Honest I Do
Got My Mojo Workin’
He Was There
Rocket 88
The Creeper

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