World-renowned blues rock guitarist and singer Coco Montoya will be making his Rockport debut, bringing along his searing yet melodic guitar playing and passionate vocals. He’ll be supporting his most recent record, the acclaimed Hard Truth, an album that has cemented his status as one of the world’s most beloved blues rockers.
Montoya actually earned his status as a master guitarist and soul-powered vocalist through years of paying his dues as a sideman with blues legend Albert Collins (first as a drummer) and then with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, before launching his solo career in 1993. Five years of constant touring with Collins and ten years with Mayall turned him into a monster player and dynamic performer. Montoya has released eight solo albums and has played at clubs, concert halls and major festivals all over the world. The California-raised bluesman has won major awards throughout his career, including “Best New Artist” from the Blues Music Awards on the heels of his debut solo record. He released three records on the respected blues label Blind Pig Records before moving to Alligator for a string of critically acclaimed albums including Suspicion and Can’t Look Back among others.
Now after releasing Hard Truth, Montoya has hit the highway, playing his heart out night after night for fans hungry for the real thing. Still an indefatigable road warrior, Montoya continues to pack clubs and theaters around the world, and brings festival audiences to their feet from New York to New Orleans to Chicago to San Francisco. He’s performed across the globe, including Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, England, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Italy, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic and Canada.