Moe's Alley welcomes back blues favorite COCO MONTOYA as part of our afternoon blues series. Come out and see why Coco is one of our all time favorite performers.
The fiery blues guitarist COCO MONTOYA was a drummer in Sacramento rock bands when he saw Albert King open a concert for Creedence Clearwater.
"After Albert got done playing," says Montoya, "my life was changed. When he played, the music went right into my soul. It grabbed me so emotionally that I had tears welling up in my eyes. Nothing had ever affected me to this level. He showed me what music and guitar playing were all about. I knew that was what I wanted to do."
He got his first break when guitarist Albert Collins asked him to back him on drums, after meeting him in a club. Montoya figured there would be rehearsals before the tour, but Collins told him to be ready in three hours. That led to five years together, with the legendary bluesman schooling his young protégé as Montoya made the switch to guitar. They would sit in hotel rooms together jamming. “He was always saying, ‘Don’t think about it, feel it.’ He taught me to tap into an inner strength. What a great gift he gave me.”