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John Cotton is a singer/songwriter from the south western part of Virginia living in the Blue Ridge mountains by the Appalachian Trail.. John grew up in South Georgia and started playing and performing at the age of 15.  Playing in a 3 piece folk group, then modulated to electric rock 'n' roll.  Playing guitar first he then switched over to bass guitar,  where he played in different groups and became a session player. A friend, Berry Oakley of Allman Brothers fame, suggested that John switch to bass while on a fishing trip in Georgia.  Berry introduced John to numerous groups in the area which he had the pleasure of filling in with:  Tommy Roe and the Romans, Brian Hyland and The Jokers, and the Candy Men.   He decided to retire in 1988 moving to Virginia.  He started writing, and performed in bars, lounges, open mics,and festivals, that were in the area.  Receiving encouraging feed back, he took his songs and music to Nashville to be recorded.
In May or June he plans to release an album featuring the Nashville friends.
Live performances, John calls upon two of southwest Virginia's finest musicians:  Jamie Danielle Collins, upright bass guitar and Will Richardson lead guitar. 
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  • Deb

    Deb Chilhowie

    Your website is very creative. Looks good. Just thought I would add my thoughts to your page. Love, Deb

    Your website is very creative. Looks good. Just thought I would add my thoughts to your page. Love, Deb

  • Michelle Walker

    Michelle Walker Far North Qld, Australia

    Hi John. Thanks for asking me over here, you have a great website! My website is www.michellewalker.net.au feel free to have a gander :) Yours in music, Michelle xo

    Hi John. Thanks for asking me over here, you have a great website! My website is www.michellewalker.net.au feel free to have a gander smile
    Yours in music,
    Michelle xo

  • Cheryl

    Cheryl Virginia Beach, VA

    Good job on the website. Love the music.

    Good job on the website. Love the music.

  • Wolfman

    Wolfman Los Angeles

    Loving your website John and your album is an incredible work of songwriting genius paired with outstanding musicianship and vocals!

    Loving your website John and your album is an incredible work of songwriting genius paired with outstanding musicianship and vocals!

  • PJ Steelman

    PJ Steelman Chattanooga

    You do a really great job...considering you sleep 23 out of 24 hours every day.

    You do a really great job...considering you sleep 23 out of 24 hours every day.

  • Jeff Blair

    Jeff Blair South Carolina

    The website looks great! Hope to see you soon. Keep up the good work!

    The website looks great! Hope to see you soon. Keep up the good work!

  • Sheila Whitehead

    Sheila Whitehead Virginia

    Thank you for your service to this country John.

    Thank you for your service to this country John.

  • Susie Collins Horton

    Susie Collins Horton Wytheville, VA

    I've known of John it seems all my life lol but have really got to know him well in the past 5 yrs. He is best buds with my first cousin Jeff Blair . John you are so talented and I live to here you music and your songs. I can't remember the name but the military song you wrote WOW .. I listened to it yesterday and cried like a baby. As you know my 19 yr old son Ty Horton just left for his first deployment almost 3 weeks ago. That was an amazing song. Thank you bud for being my very good friend and cheering me up at times...xoxo

    I've known of John it seems all my life lol but have really got to know him well in the past 5 yrs. He is best buds with my first cousin Jeff Blair . John you are so talented and I live to here you music and your songs. I can't remember the name but the military song you wrote WOW .. I listened to it yesterday and cried like a baby. As you know my 19 yr old son Ty Horton just left for his first deployment almost 3 weeks ago. That was an amazing song. Thank you bud for being my very good friend and cheering me up at times...xoxo

  • Michael Lucking

    Michael Lucking Madison, WI

    Very pro John. Thank you for directing me here. You area a talented man and a class act.

    Very pro John. Thank you for directing me here. You area a talented man and a class act.

  • Rose

    Rose Knoxville

    Looks great!!!! The best musicians come out of SW Va....everyone knows that! :)

    Looks great!!!! The best musicians come out of SW Va....everyone knows that! smile

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