Review: Eddie Cotton – Here I Come

Posted on: Thursday, Apr 3, 2014

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Eddie Cotton – Here I Come

(DeChamp Records: DC100114)

Eddie was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1970, his father, was the Reverend Edward Cotton of the Church of Christ, which is situated in Clinton, a suburb of Jackson, his family decided to move their home to Clinton in 1972. Eddie spent his formative years helping his father in the church; Eddie explains that unlike some other churches, performers of any musical instrument or style were welcomed into their church to praise the lord in their own imitable manner; this was a generous decision which allowed many to fully express their faith in their Lord.

Not only, was Eddie bathed in many different musical styles at home and in church  but, also over the years as he accompanied his father on many a visit to worship at other churches he became exposed to all manner of musical styles which he happily inwardly absorbed and indeed enjoyed. Although his father did not play any instruments himself, he fully encouraged his children to learn as much about music as they possibly could, indeed such was the family’s interest and keenness in music that it led to Eddies’ sister sending a demo tape of Eddie’s musical capabilities to the Jackson State University and as a consequence of this action they offered him a full musical scholarship.

After attending university he became a minister in his father’s church and did not start his first band ‘The Mississippi Cotton Club’ until 1986, after working with King Edward in the Subway Lounge for two and a half years and the band are still together to this day.

The ten original numbers here are played by Eddie; guitar and vocals, Myron Bennett; bass, Samuel Scott Jr.; drums and percussion, with guest artist Sam Brady; on keyboards. Eddie’s voice has a soft and sweet timbre not unlike ‘Pops’ Staple and Curtis Mayfield, which glides and engages as it pours out of the speakers, this is  matched with his enticingly resonating ‘stinging’ string bending guitar work, which at times evokes very pleasant and stirring memories of B.B. King.

The slow building and testifying gospel infused “Friend To The End”, sends shivers down the spine as Eddie sweetly calls out the true meaning of friendship and that despite all of our promises we all have our own failings. The mood is heightened and lightened with the funky, shuffling and grooving “Get Your Own”, an insistent ‘chicken scratch’ ringing guitar is urged on and on by a pursuing and demanding  percussive backbeat. A sensuous groove is ploughed on the suggestive “My Boo”, which concerns the sweet delights of what goes on behind closed doors with the lady in your life, a low growling bass and organ chugs along with a sparse effecting guitar backed with a knowing harmonica, courtesy of Carlos Russell.

“Here I Come”, has as low soulful engaging almost reggae ringing guitar lilt underpinning Eddie’s subtle and bubbling pleading vocals claiming his simple honesty and faith. A complete change of mood is found on the Chicago blues inspired low swinging “Berry So Black”, Grady Champion matches Eddie’s sweetly shuffling guitar with an almost railroad wailing urging harmonica.

Highly recommended!

BRIAN HARMAN

www.eddiecottonjr.com

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