It was a fun night of Jumpin Blues and other tasty treats at the Irish Pub in Hammelburg on 13 January. We had a nice croud of Blues lovers
the audience included a few local musicians came by as well just to check out what all the talk was about. This new Blues Duo is storming the area and it was time to check it out. A cold winters night with Hot Blues guitar of HJ Köhnkow and emotional vocals of Robert Cotton! Don’t get much better than That my friends…….don’t get much better than that!
It was a great evening of Traditional Blues on 18 November, 2017 at the Würtzburg Residence Rot Wein Keller in Würtzburg German. A marithon session, 5 HOURS, of tradiional Blues!
The house was overflowing with young and old Blues lovers. As you may know, Würtzburg is a beautiful historical university town. Before the show the Blues lovers were lining up outside. By starting time, the caverns of the Rot Wein keller were packed with Blues lovers like sardines in a can! There was a nice mix of seasoned Blues lovers and the young college crowd to keep the whole night on the edge. The crowd keep getting larger and larger. we had to keep moving closer and closer together, moving the microphones, Amplifiers and ourselvescloser and closer together. By the end of the night, The players barely had enough room to move! But it was great fun, and another great venue to play the Blues.
It was 13 & 14 October 2017, in a little town in Germany by the name of Hasloch in the Spessart Mountains. Something special was happening in the village this weekend that was …..most unusual. The small village was getting visitors. Some from around the world some from just across town. The old timers were not exactly thrilled about the sudden interest in their little village.
But no matter ……………….the Blues is in town!
Eisen Hammer was the location. An old forge company still with the original forge from the 1700’s. Turns out that the owner (still owned by the same family) is a passionate Blues lover and wanted to do some thing special for some of his customers and for his town. We were the chosen ones….a weekend filled with Jumpin Blues! What a great venue! What a great weekend for the Blues! With a 300 year old Forge as the back drop, Full of history, the spirits of the 100’s of those that spent their lives here, with the work they loved. We were honored to perform in this magical place………
Thank you Blues Lovers in and around Hasloch, thank you Herr Rainer Kurtz for keeping the Blues alive.
Saturday 26 August I had the honor of performing at a classic pub /music bar in Karlstadt Bavaria. The location, Lisle Karlstadt. A small pub with a big heart for live music of all kinds. Originally billed as an inside performance, the weather was just so fantastic club owner Rainer decided to set up the stage outside in the beer garten. Great decision Reiner! The guests were feeling the beautiful weather and they were feeling the Robert Cotton Blues! What a great audience. Every one was moving to the music and felt the Blues in their soul. All seats in the beer garten were occupied. By 9 PM there was standing room only. ……….I was feeling good….. Later in the evening I had a surprise visit from my friend “The Harmonica Doctor”Sabo from the Würtzburg band “Mucho Mojo”. The Doctor played a few songs with me and was kindly appreciated by the audience. By the way, I have the pleasure of being the vocalist with Mucho Mojo, and they even let me pick on my guitar for a few songs during our performance. Great Music and a great bunch of guys. A must see band if you are in the Würtzburg area. Take a look at the tour schedule on my web site. Mucho Mojohas a few gigs coming up in the next few months. We would love to see you in the audience. Come up and say hello! We love meeting all you groovy Blues lovers. It was indeed a night filled with Grov’n, jump’n blues!
Later in the evening my friend Marcus Steincame up to say hello. Markus performs in the Würtzburg area with a few acts that he is involved with.
His main focus is with his duo “No hit wonders” with his partner in crime Rudi Interwies. Two excellent musicians that put on a hell of a show. Marcus happened to have one of his guitars in the trunk of his car so you bet I invited him up for a few songs. Marcus is a staple in the Music scene in the area, knows all the local guitar heroes and has played with most. I now can brag that Marcus Stein has performed with me on stage. …..got to collect all the bragging rights you can in this buisness….. thanks Harmonica Doctor and thanks Marcus!
I had the pleasure of Singing with Wurtzburgs own Mucho Mojo on 17 July at the Bürgerbräu Festival. The beautiful facility was rescued from demolition by a local architect / entrepreneur. Its the site of an old brewery that had been closed for years. the facility has many small connected buildings that offer a park, various social, bar, restaurant and other accommodations. Large concert hall and smaller party rooms to rent. Just a beautiful facility.
On this occasion we were invited to perform at the first annual Burgerbräu Festival. It was a beautiful summer day. Wonderful for an outside concert. Plenty of seating, good beer, good food and various bands offering music to satisfy every one’s palate.
Thanks to all the blues fans in attendants. It was nice to have had the opportunity to talk with some of you.
After a brilliant two year “mission” to one of the greatest music cities of world, New Orleans Louisiana, meeting and performing with some of the worlds best Blues musicians, my road has taken me to the Beautiful city of Würtzburg Germany. Since returning to Germany in late 2016, I have been putting the pieces of The Fabulous Robert Cotton Band back together. Meeting musicians, talking to club owners, making good friends, and at every opportunity, getting on stage to perform my Blues.
Currently I am involved in three distinctive Blues projects.. “ The Fabulous Robert Cotton Band” bringing an energized mix of Chicago and Texas blues influences to the stage. “Mucho Mojo” a traditional Blues project performing pre 1963, predominately Harmonica based Blues to which I contribute Robert Cotton vocals and guitar. ” Robert Cotton Solo / Duo” a combination of harmonica, National Resonator guitar, acoustic/electric guitars and the soulful Robert Cotton vocals. Great for the lounge environment. Select the “On Tour” icon to see where the next Robert Cotton performance is near you. I look forward to seeing you there!
“Guitar God, Telecaster Master, and all around good guy” … Greg Koch is on tour in Europe at the moment. I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him and his band at the newmusic .academy in Frankfurt offenbach. Amazing Musicians and a great bunch of guys. It was refreshing to be reminded of the relaxed and friendly American way of doing things …
He is simply amazing! In the course of the 1 1/2 hour seminar he went through guitar techniques, equipment discussion, band organization all with the standard Greg Koch humor. Greg talked about, and demonstrated some really interesting and some bizzar guitar techniques. His knowledge and ability to present popular guitar players techniques as though the artist was there with us in the room is just… “inhuman.” Thanks Greg, keep giving us that great Koch guitar! We’re all watching and learning.