James “Superharp” Cotton is the rarest of bluesmen — the only man living who worked with both Chester “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett and McKinley “Muddy Waters” Morganfield. That makes him a great choice to be part of Jefferson Center’s Saturday night concert, Blues at the Crossroads II. (The show is sold out.)
Cotton joins onetime Wolf sidemen Jody Williams, The Fabulous Thunderbirds feat. Kim Wilson (no slouch himself on the harmonica), Bob Margolin and Tinsley Ellis (a late sub for J.J. Grey, who backed out of the tour).
On this podcast, Cotton, who years ago beat throat cancer, isn’t always easy to understand. But pay attention to his hoarse, near-whisper of a voice. He has a lot of stories to tell. Also, we stream “Buried Alive in the Blues,” from his last recording, 2010′s “Giant,” and discuss his upcoming CD.