Statement from Jacklyn Cotton, James Cotton’s wife:

Dear Friends and Fans of James Cotton,
Many of you have been contacting me about when James’ funeral is to be held. We are still in the process of making the arrangements. I’ll let you know as soon as the date is firm. Thank you for your kindness and your notes of sympathy. Cotton loved you all. The outpouring of condolences affirms that you all loved him too.

—Jacklyn Cotton
James Cotton : The Alligator Years

The Alligator Years


The absolute cream of James Cotton’s Alligator recordings. With his huge, blast-furnace sound, larger-than-life personality, and massive frame, Grammy Award-winning harmonica master James “Superharp” Cotton is a blues giant in every respect. Cotton has been performing professionally since the age of nine and learned directly from the masters – he toured in the bands of Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. He launched his solo career in the 1960s, releasing almost 30 albums and touring worldwide since then. This collection has over 75 minutes of music, and features studio and live solo material, plus songs from Harp Attack!, Cotton’s history-making collaboration with Junior Wells, Carey Bell and Billy Branch.

Grammy Nominated Best Blues Album

Cotton Mouth Man


World-renowned blues harp icon is joined by special guests Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Delbert McClinton, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Chuck Leavell and Colin Linden for a joyous collection of raucous boogies, sunny country blues and brash Chicago shuffles inspired by Cotton’s colorful and sometime perilous life. Eleven fresh new songs, including “Bonnie Blue,” which features a rare Cotton vocal performance.