May 12, 2017 · Friday * 9pm * FFAF NO COVER
The Raleigh-based High Cotton R&B Review came together in 2012—the band has deep roots in the Memphis Blues tradition; lots of soul influence, some British and hints of Piedmont Blues, as well. Co-founders, Kris “Cotton” Niebergall and Jim “Buffalo” Barbie began collaborating after jamming together at the Triangle Blues Society and similar open mic events. The guys played house parties, freebies of all sorts, and still give benefit performances when the opportunities arise. Memphis-born Kris Cotton began playing at the age of 10, was a touring player at age 14, has a background in film, performance arts, and classical voice. Jim “Buffalo” Barbee has strong gospel influences in this playing—he’s the son of a preacher man who received great musical training as a youngster—found it in the pew and choir loft. Tim Collins is a native of Upstate NY, roots are Soul, Motown and dance favorites—now firmly committed to just Blues. The band has two exceptionally strong new players—Joel Sugarman also from New York, and Bakru Hunsel from the deep South—South America, that is. The lineup brings together the Triangle’s best players in this genre—their enthusiasm is contagious and, their show is suburb.
The lineup of talent:
Kris “Cotton” Niebergall: Vocals, guitar, A&R
Jim “Buffalo” Barbee: Harmonica, Vocals
Tim Collins: Lead Guitar
Joel Sugarman: Bass
Bakru Hunsel: Percussion