James Henry Cotton, known as “Cotton” to his friends, was born in 1935 in Tunica, Mississippi. He became an American blues harmonica player, singer, songwriter and bandleader whose musical life evolved from southern Delta Blues, to Chicago harmonica blues and to the arena rock and roll and electric harmonica venues. In this emotionally evocative feature documentary film an intimate portrait reveals the untold story of a legend whose influence endures. Cotton’s life tracks a swath of America’s history -- from the post-depression cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to tough Chicagoland’s era of brilliant artistic reinvention to today’s live music scene in Austin, Texas. This musical journey unfolds in a joyful, thumping original film through an exploration of harp-based blues music and stories shared by some of the nation’s most respected musicians.
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