Dirty Deal

  • 2007
  • Dirty Deal
  • Coco Montoya
  • Alligator Records


This latest outing by left-handed guitar slinger and singer Coco Montoya was co-produced by Paul Barrere, guitarist and vocalist of Little Feat fame. Many of the tracks include members of Little Feat as sidemen (Barrere on guitar and background vocals, Kenny Gradney on bass, Bill Payne on keyboards, guitarist Fred Tackett, and drummer Richie Hayward), but make no mistake, this is a Coco Montoya CD.

All of songs feature Montoya’s strong vocals and powerful guitar solos. Favorites include a swinging version of Otis Rush’s “It Takes Time,” “Coin Operated Love,” which features Montoya trading licks with Barrere on slide guitar, and a cover of Lloyd Jones’s “Love Gotcha.”

Barrere’s infusion of some Little Feat rhythms and other touches is welcome. Overall, this is a collection of eleven tracks that should please any fan of electric guitar blues.

The CD submitted for review came in a thin plastic envelope instead of a jewel case. The surface of the CD was easily scratched going in and out of the envelope. If you purchase the CD and it comes in the plastic envelope, do yourself a favor and transfer it to a jewel case. Your CD will last longer.