Coco Montoya

Friday, November 15, at the Beachland Ballroom.

Coco Montoya
Coco Montoya
Coco Montoya
As generations pass, blues music survives more and more in hybridized forms with rock or soul, rather than played straight-up. While this trend may displease some purists, artists such as guitarist-vocalist Coco Montoya have thrived in this mixed atmosphere.

Since ending a 10-year stint with John Mayall in the early '90s, this disciple of the Alberts -- Collins and King -- has amassed a respectable solo catalog showcasing a playing style marked by his heroes, but with lots of bare-knuckle rock and roll, and brawny, soulful vocals woven in.

Robert Cray fans should take special note: On Montoya's latest, Can't Look Back, he spends a good deal of time trolling in the murky, lovelorn waters where one usually finds Cray. Blues fans, dive in.

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