Frankfurt garden BBQ 2012

A beautiful day, lots of fantastic food, drink till you drop, and…….The fabulous Robert Cotton Band providing the entertainment.
Hey!! if you werent there you missed a great party. Thats all I can say!

imagePhil, thanks for inviting us to your celebration. The Band Michael Groebert – Lead Guitar, Martin van der Velde – Bass, Jay Jackson – Drums, and my lone some self on Vocals, guitar and Harmonica,  had a great time with all the guests and enjoyed all the days offerings……
We could not have asked for better weather. The party Gods were with us with out a doubt!
Your guests made us feel right at home. The love that everyone showed us was appreciated and motivating.
Look forward to performing for you again in the future. Thanks Phil and all at “Frankfurt Garden BBQ 2012”.

For more pictures of this wonerful celebration click on the Picture archive, “Frankfurt Garden BBQ 2012”.

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7 July 2012 BB King and Kenny Wayne Shepard in Frankfurt

It was a wonderful night for a meeting of Chicago traditional style and Blues Rock contemporary sounds.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd opened the show with his band which included a surprise for all the “REAL” Blues lovers in attendance. Steve Ray Vaughan’s drummer “CHRIS LAYTON” was in the house. AWESOME!!

Kenny and Band were Magnificent! The guitar was like an extension of his body. Great vocals, crying guitar, and to close it up Chris Layton on drums……. What more needs to be said.

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B, it may be time to find a nice place to relax the rest of your life and enjoy the fruits of your life long work. All due respect as I am one of your biggest fans. But, we’re starting to feel sorry for you up there Man! We can’t even follow what the hell your talking about!!…. your stories don’t make sense any more. The Music is sounding……… well just OK, and that’s due to your band which is also getting pretty damn tired sounding. Through the course of the night, you would have been in trouble a few times if not for the band carrying you. Don’t think we don’t notice,”Because we do notice.”
I felt I got my moneys worth only because of the wonderful surprise of Kenny Wayne Shepard as opening act and extra bonus surprise of Chris Layton on drums.
Sorry BB, I love you, but I want to remember you as a Blues pioneer, forging the path for the next generations which you did as a gentleman and a diplomat. I hope your powers to be respect you as we all do and let you enjoy the rest of your life as you have well deserved.

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“Slow Blues” Nagoya Japan

had the pleasure of playing some Blues with some Soulful Musicians at “Slow Blues” In Nagoya Japan last week.  Met a lot of wonderful people. Some could not spaeak English, unfortunately I could not speak Japaneez, other than a couple couticies, but when we picked up our instruments together we all spoke the same language. Blues. What a wonderful world it could be if we could all communicate with one another through our Music.
Thanks Chubby san, and every one else at “Slow Blues” for some great memorize.

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Rest in Peace Louisiana Red

I am saddened to tell you that a Blues legend and old friend Louisiana Red passed away on Saturday. I had the Honor of playing my Blues with Louisiana during my time in the Phoenix Arizona Blues scene.

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I can tell you that Louisiana was not only a powerful down home blues artist but a man of passion and honesty. I was fortunate to speak and reminisce with Louisiana in December 2011 during a performance in Frankfurt where he once again displayed his mastery of Voice, Guitar telling his story of life.  See you there Louisiana Red.

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Shining, Like a National Guitar…

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Ladies and Gentleman “IT’s BLUES TIME”

Sunday 01 January 2012 at 1:38 pm

Liebe Musikfreundinnen, liebe Musikfreunde,

Es ist geschafft, die besinnlichen Weihnachtsfeiertage liegen hinter uns, der Jahre 2012 steht vor der Tür und die Vorbereitungen für das Darmstädter BluesFest 2012 sind so gut wie abgeschlossen.

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In knapp eine Woche heißt es: “Ladys and Gentlemen – it’s Bluestime”! Wie in jedem Jahr haben wir uns wieder bös’ ins Zeug gelegt, um unserem treuen aber auch anspruchsvollen Publikum, also Euch ;-) ,  eine weitere stimmungsvolle Bluesnacht bieten zu können. So führte uns die Suche nach einem würdigen Blues-Act für das BluesFest 2012 geradewegs ins Mekka des Blues, nach Chicago/USA.

Neben NUTHIN’ BUT… spielt am 07.01.12 Mr. Robert Cotton aus Chicago/Illinois für Euch, der mit “The Fabulous Robert Cotton Band” die Kulthalle der Knabenschule in ein Roadhouse verwandeln wird.

Wir freuen uns auf Dich!

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The Fabulous Robert Cotton Band bei Hessen Rockt 2011!!

Hey Blues Lovers, “The Fabulous Robert Cotton Band” wurde bei “Hessen rockt 2011” competition von der Jury der Frankfurter Rundschau ausgewählt! Die nächste Hürde ist das “Telefonvoting”. Wenn wir darin bestehen ist unser Teilnahme auf der Bühne sicher, aber wir konnen es nur schaffen mit Eure Hilfe. Bitte bis 5 December anruffen.
Hier ist die TelNr. die es anzurufen gilt. Der Anruf kostet 25Cent. Bitte anzurufen fur eure lieblings Blues Band in Hessen “The Fabulous Robert Cotton Band”. Hier ist unsere Hessen Rockt HP: http://rockt.tv/groups/the-fabulous-robert-cotton-band und das ist die Nummer fürs Telefonvoting: 01376 /05 01 01   031 (25C/Min) (Die 031 steht für “The Fabulous Robert Cotton Band”).

Thanks all you Blues Addicts

 

 

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Chahbah Mehlsack

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Hope you were able to be there with us for the two shows down in Kandern at ChaBah and Emmendingen at the Mehlsack. It was another great night of Blues and other tasty treats with my posse of Blues slingers, Micha, Oli and Zoltan.
We all piled into Zoltan’s “Fever” bus and headed south direction Swiss boarder for the weekend. Zoltan by the way is my drummer and as I like to call him the “diplomat” of the group. It was about a 3 hour drive from our neck of the woods to Emmendingen. When we arrived at Mehlsack everything was just as planned. We were met at the door, provided a nice cold brew and introduced to our sound man/club manager. Mehlsack is located in the cellar of an old Mill. Really cool atmosphere and great sound for live Music.  Upstairs you’ll find the sports bar, restaurant and various other rooms and hidden corners to just hang out and relax. Equipment was dragged in, set up, sound checked and rechecked. Finally finished with the “business” side of things we headed for the boarder. Wanted to check if people on the other side looked like we did or if they had a third eye or something.  I can confirm that all is well at the German Swiss border. The natives welcomed us with friendly open arms.
Anyway, after our little “adventure”, it was time to get back to reality. After all, “There’s a show to be done”!                                                                                                                                                                          We pulled up to Mehlsack about 30 minutes before show time and “prepared” ourselves for a “great night of Real American Blues”. A nice crowd of local Blues lovers anxiously awaited “The Fabulous Robert Cotton Band “. We didn’t let them down. We kicked off the set with “Rock This House” and just kept the house a rock’n till one o’clock in the morning.                                                                                                                                                            Everyone, the local Blues lovers, the good folks at Mehlsack and everyone else we happened to encounter over the course of our stay in this part of Germany made for a fantastic weekend filled with great Music, new friends and wonderful memorize. I sure hope you were there too. Too bad if you missed it.

Until next time all our friends in Blues Land.

Robert Cotton   
“The Fabulous Robert Cotton band”

………the Blues is in me,  and it’s got to come out!

 

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Blues Lovers at Kulturcafe IBBH

Sunday 30 May 2010 at 11:12 am

Hey my Blues Brothers and Sisters!
On 28 May in Oberursel, just outside of Frankfurt Germany, the good people from International Bund Behinderte Hilfe hired me to perform a Solo Blues evening at their new Kulturcafe IBBH. There were some real Blues lovers there for the show. I enjoyed talking to all of you about  Blues Music, Guitars, even some politics. Its always a pleasure for me to meet people that enjoy the Blues. If I was able to bring a smile to your face,  helped to recall some pleasant memories of the past or inspired you to get that old guitar out of the closet and play that  song that you loved in college, then I did my job well.

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Let me tell you a little about Kulturcafe IBBH. Its a comfortable little cafe with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The Kulture cafe is directly associated with the Behinderte Heim and all profits  of the Cafe  go directly to the Home.  So no matter if your thinking about comeing out to Kulturecafe IBBH and want to enjoy the  next Robert Cotton performance of Jump’n Blues or if you choose to come in for one of the other varieties of Musical entertainment, please do so and support this wonderful cause. You will meet lots impressive people doing  wonderful things for those less fortunate than our selves. Take a seat, make yourself comfortable order a nice cold beer, or a glass of wine, hungry? They have warm meals as well. Relax and enjoy the music….

Hey take a look at the pictures archive and click on Kulturecafe IBBH. You might see your pretty face…..along with my own…..

 

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Musik Messa Frankfurt 2010

Hey Blues Friends, I’ve got to say a few words about a great Gig we had in March. The Fabulous Robert Cotton Band was invited to perform at a booth party at the Musik Messa Frankfurt, the largest Musik Messa in Eurpoe I might add, sponsored by Meyer Sound and Sennheiser. All the required gadgets and technical “stuff” was provided by the sponsors . I wish all our gigs were organized like this. All we had to do was show up eith our usual fun and  entertainment, plug in guitars and deliver some kick’n blues!   ……Piece of cake….

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It was great fun and we had a good gig. First time with our new keyboardist Dirk. The sponsors provided food as well as Drink. I had my share of that Great German Beer.
Working with the professionals of Meyer sound was a dream. The guys set up the PA, all needed microphones and monitors including drum mics, mixers,  even provided a sound engineer. I even had a guy making sure I had a full bottle of great German beer to cool my burning vocal chords during the entire show. “Now thats what I call service”. Sennheiser provided all necessary mics cables, stands etc. Just another wondefrul evening with my gang of desperatos….

…..the Bright lights of the Messa ….I feel like I’m in Hollywood……

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