Performer name: Coco Montoya (vocals, guitar).
Additional personnel: Chuck Kirkpatrick (guitar, background vocals); David Steen (guitar); Jon Smith (tenor saxophone); Jeff Robbins (baritone saxophone); Steve Howard (trumpet); Benny Yee, Tommy Eyre (keyboards); Bob Glaub, Boyd Lafan, Armando Compeon (bass); Tony Braunagle, Randy Hayes,
Willie Ornelas (drums); Scott Kirkpatrick (background vocals).
Engineers: Shawn Berman, Alan Mirikitani, Jason Latshaw.
Recorded at Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, California; Doghouse Studios, Burbank California; Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee.
Personnel: Coco Montoya (vocals, guitar); Chuck Kirkpatrick, Dave Steen (guitar); Jon Smith (tenor saxophone); Robbin (baritone saxophone); Steve Howard (trumpet); Benny Yee, Tommy Eyre (keyboards); Randy Hayes, Willie Ornelas, Joey Pafume, Tony Braunagel (snare drum); Stephen Scott Kirkpatrick (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jason Latshaw; Jay Newland; Jim Gaines.
Recording information: Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN; Doghouse Studios, Burbank, CA; Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, C and C Beach.
Photographers: Randi Anglin; Robert Barclay; Paul Natkin.
Montoya's first solo disc for Alligator finds the former Albert Collins sideman following in the doorsteps of his "godfather" with an album simply top-heavy with fiery guitar work and comfortable vocals. The production from Jim Gaines is as fat as any modern-day blues record has a right to be, and Montoya does not disappoint at any moment along the ride. He tips his hat to his old employer on Collins' "Get Your Business Straight," but the stronger tunes here come from Coco's own pen, like the closing "Nothing But Love." A strong and solid effort that also sounds great in the car when you're driving a little faster than the speed limit allows. ~ Cub Koda