Brant Cotton
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Brant Cotton

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
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"Wendi Westbrook"

"The only thing better than listening to Von Cotton's cd is watching them play live. Their modern spin on an old sound makes me optimistic for the future of country music." - Wendi Westbrook, KZLA LOS ANGELES - KZLA, Los Angeles


"Jimmy Bowen"

"In today's world of constant digital enhancements, it's nice to hear a band that can actually deliver?!" - Jimmy Bowen, Former head of MCA Records - Former head of MCA Records


"Cd Review"

Von Cotton has developed an identifiable sound that borrows from an unusual variety of artists, from Willie Nelson to Radiohead. This 'progressive' approach, as lead singer and Bakersfield native, Brant Cotton, suggests, sets them apart from the artists which are now on the charts, and finds its inspiration in the early seventies songwriting style, with powerful lyrics and melodies reminiscent of Dylan and Croce. It's apparent that there is a rather dark vibe underlying the lyrical content of the songs. As Brant Cotton puts it, "I never really write to preach, or purposefully write a message, but upon reviewing the material, the overwhelming theme tends to be 'regret'. "Supernatural", "Pretty Little Mess", Man of the Morning March", and "I'll Do the Same" are clearly the 'Damn...why did I do that? type of tunes." Musically, the nine songs embedded within this CD take the listener on a journey that reveals California's own colors, from desrt-rock to surfer-folk, while a mature vocal performance reminds you of Cat Stevens, with a vocal timbre coated in old-school country. Although Von Cotton's main focus doesn't seem to be that of 'shocking audiences with the next pop-smash, a couple of the songs("Celo and Supernatural") show radio-potential and compatibility with mainstream formats. The saloon-inspired two-step, "johnny Walker", has already landed a licensing deal for it's use in film. This hard-gigging quintet is currently in the studio with record producer Robie Porter, to cut tunes for thier next release. While shopping for a label deal, the band is planning to travel to Afghanistan to perform for the troops. As singer Brant Cotton reminds us "Von Cotton is quite busy right now...but, in a good place". - Cal-Country Magazine


"Scott Alexander"

"They are Amazing! It is really exciting to see such high caliber of local talent... Von Cotton is well on their way." - KHAY, Ventura


Discography

Von Cotton (self-titled)

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Bakersfield, CA, native Brant Cotton was raised on the local signature sounds of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens but educated in the outlaw musings of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Not content to limit his influence to one sound, Brant extended his education beyond the country scene and immersed himself in everything from U2 to Bread. These diverse influences are evident in Brant Cotton's music, which incorporates a variety of melodic flavors. Brant's strong-armed vocals are backed by the rhythmic muscle of bassist Hanford Pittman, jazz-trained percussionist Jimmy Acre, and lead guitarist John Bowdler.

Notorious country-music-resistant Los Angeles notwithstanding, Brant Cotton has managed to win over an impressive number of both new and seasoned country music listeners. A regular presence at such local LA haunts as The Viper Room, BB King's, The Mint, Borderline, and The House Of Blues, Brant Cotton has established an enviable local fan base. In addition to Southern California, Brant routinely travels overseas to entertain the troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Germany, and Japan.