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Mississippi Delta native and Grammy award winning Blues harmonica master James Cotton dies at the age of 81. Cotton died Thursday of pneumonia in Austin, Texas.
Cotton has backed Blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Howlin’ Wolf. After going solo in the 1960s, Cotton released almost 30 albums, including his 1996 Grammy award winning verve album “Deep in the Blues.”
His most recent album, “Cotton Mouth Man” for Alligator Records in 2013, was nominated for a Grammy.

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