Coco Montoya
The Rose
September 19, 2019


The Rose
245 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA, 91101, US


Thursday, September 19, 2019
9:00 PM

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Coco Montoya Biography

Coco Montoya (born Henry Montoya, October 2, 1951, Santa Monica, California) is an American blues guitarist and singer and former member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.

Musical career
Montoya's career began in the mid 1970s when Albert Collins asked him to join his band as drummer. Collins took Montoya under his wing and taught him his "icy hot" guitar style. The two remained friends even after Montoya left Collins' band.
In the early 1980s John Mayall heard Montoya playing guitar in a Los Angeles bar. Soon after Mayall asked Montoya to join the newly reformed Bluesbreakers. He remained a member of the band for 10 years.
In 1995 he appeared with the Cate Brothers for the resumption of their recording career on their release, Radioland. Since that same year, Montoya has recorded several solo albums.
In 2002, he featured on the Bo Diddley tribute album Hey Bo Diddley – A Tribute!, performing the song "Pills."
Left-hand style
Montoya is left-handed but plays "upside-down right-handed" guitar, like Albert King, Doyle Bramhall II, and Otis Rush, among many others [see List of musicians who play left-handed#Left-handed with strings backwards ].
Personal life
Montoya and his longtime girlfriend Lenora married in 2008. He has two daughters; Jasmin (born 1980) and Donna (born 1988).