Upcoming Shows:

photo by Michel Verlinden

Upcoming Shows

Monday, 2 May 2022 - 7:30pm
Somerville Theater
Somerville, MA

The Boston International Film Festival presents the premiere of BONNIE BLUE: JAMES COTTON‘S LIFE IN THE BLUES, directed by Bestor Cram. A musical program will follow the screening, featuring James Montgomery and his band and Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, all of whom are featured in the film. 

 Born in 1935 on Bonnie Blue plantation in Tunica, Mississippi, apprenticing with Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin‘ Wolf, and schooled by Muddy Waters, James "Super Harp" Cotton became a mentor to harp players around the globe as he brought the delta blues into mainstream rock ’n‘ roll. Orphaned at nine, Cotton‘s journey tracks America‘s history and his story is one of empowerment during a time when the weight of racial inequity made the journey seem impossible. BONNIE BLUE: JAMES COTTON‘S LIFE IN THE BLUES is a unique portrait of an era and its impact today. Cotton‘s music made history; his musical voice was unique, and the blues were never the same.

Thursday, 7 April 2022 - 12:00pm
David Friend Recital Hall, Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA

With author and Visiting Radcliffe Fellow Ralph Eubanks

Saturday, 2 April 2022 - 5:00pm
Concord Conservatory of Music
Concord, MA

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines will discuss the unique elements of acoustic and electric blues styles, and highlight the deep connection between the two. Using examples from the blues repertoire, they will work with students to demonstrate how blues music uses interlocking parts and special instrumental techniques to create a rich musical experience.

Attend either both the Masterclass and concert or just the concert.
MASTERCLASS from 5 - 6 pm and the CONCERT starts at 7 pm - Attend both for $45 or the concert only for $20.


Jan. 12, 2018: Passim, Cambridge, MA - SOLD OUT
Jan. 19, 2018: The Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton, NJ
Feb. 18, 2018: The Parlor Room, Northampton, MA - SOLD OUT
Feb. 23, 2018: The Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH
Mar. 3, 2018: Beal House, Plymouth, MA
April 7, 2018: Homegrown Coffeehouse, Needham, MA - SOLD OUT
April 18, 2018: House Concert, Rochester, NY - SOLD OUT
June 16, 2018: Saturday Night in Marblehead, Marblehead, MA
June 23, 2018: The Bull Run, Shirley, MA - SOLD OUT
July 7-8, 2018: New Bedford Folk Festival
July 19, 2018: The Burren, Somerville, MA - live broadcast - SOLD OUT
September 8, 2018: Cabot Theater, Beverly, MA - Opening for Delbert McClinton
September 15, 2018: Coffeehouse at the Old Ship, Hingham, MA
September 22, 2018: Carriage House Concert, Newburyport, MA - SOLD OUT
September 28-30, 2018: WUMB Blues Camp, Somewhere, NH
October 23, 2018: House Concert, Rochester, NY - SOLD OUT
November 3, 2018: Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, PA
November 17, 2018: Carriage House Concert, Newburyport, MA - With Sarah Rogo
November 30, 2018: In Your Ear Studio, Richmond, VA
December 1, 2018: House Concert, Washington, DC - SOLD OUT
December 6, 2018: Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA - James Cotton Tribute
December 14, 2018: Acousticool Concert, Bristol, CT - with Kat & Brad
February 16, 2019: Luckart Gallery, Newton, MA - SOLD OUT
March 23, 2019: First Encounter Coffeehouse, N. Eastham, MA
March 30, 2019: Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton, NJ
June 7, 2019: Bull Run, Shirley, MA - with John Sebastian
June 15, 2019: Manchester City Library, Manchester, VT
July 13, 2019: Skål, Vinalhaven, ME
July 18, 2019: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Oak Hill, NY
September 18, 2019: The Porch, Medford, MA
September 20-22, 2019: NEHI+GIN Guitar and Harmonica workshop & retreat, Newburyport, MA
October 5, 2019: South Shore Folk Music Club, Beal House, Duxbury, MA
October 16, 2019: The Porch BBQ, Medford, MA
November 2, 2019: The Bull Run, Shirley, MA
November 9, 2019: House Concert, Newton, MA
November 20, 2019: The Porch BBQ, Medford, MA
December 18, 2019: The Porch BBQ, Medford, MA
December 20, 2019: Acousticool Concert, Bristol, CT - with Kat Parks & Brad Bensko
December 23, 2019: The Cantab Open Mic, Cambridge, MA
January 11, 2020: Homegrown Coffeehouse, Needham, MA - with Kat Parks & Brad Bensko
January 27, 2020: The Cantab Open Mic with Geoff Bartley, Cambridge, MA
January 30, 2020: The Center for Arts in Natic (TCAN), Natick, MA - with James Montgomery - benefit for James Cotton Film Project “They All Stood Up”
February 24, 2020: The Cantab Open Mic with Geoff Bartley, Cambridge, MA
March 3, 2020: The Red Room at Cafe 939, Boston, MA - with Ira Klein
March 7, 2020: Passim, Cambridge, MA - with Kat Parks & Brad Bensko and special guest Peter Jensen - SOLD OUT


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Late Night With Conan O'Brien (NBC TV) (as part of J Band) 1996 & 1999
Arthur "A Word From Us Kids" (PBS TV) December 2003
A Prarie Home Companion (MPR radio) 1995 & 2004
Mountain Stage (WV Public Radio) 2003
NPR Radio Features: Here & Now, The World


  • Merelefest
  • Wheatland Festival
  • Swannanoa Gathering
  • King Biscuit Blues Festival
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival
  • Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
  • Gloucester Blues Festival (UK)
  • Kansas City Jazz & Blues Fest
  • National Blues Festival (UK)
  • Moulin Blues Festival
  • Ole Blues Festival
  • Poconos Blues Festival
  • Savannah Folk Festival
  • Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
  • Mountain Stage
  • Boston Folk Festival
  • Notodden Blues Festival
  • North Atlantic Folk Festival
  • Edmonton Labatts Blues Fest
  • Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Fest
  • Guinness Temple Bar Blues Fest
  • Big Bear Rhythm & Food Fest
  • Luxembourg Blues Festival
  • Ottawa Blues Festival
  • Herndon Blues Festival
  • Silver City Blues Festival
  • Queen City Blues Festival
  • Riverwalk
  • Great British R&B Fest
  • Augusta Heritage Festival
  • Taste of the Blue Ridge Fest
  • Cool Blues & Microbrews Fest
  • KCBS Acoustic Blues Festival
  • Harvest Acoustic Blues Fest
  • Midwinter Blues Festival
  • Chenango Blues Festival
  • River Blues Festival
  • Fire on the Mountain
  • Skoebustel Blues Festival
  • Kalamazoo Blues Festival
  • Buckeye Harmonica Convention
  • Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Fest
  • Cognac Blues Festival


  • Bushnell Theatre - Hartford, CT
  • The Barns At Wolf Trap(as part of J Band) Vienna, VA
  • Keswick Theatre - Philadelphia, PA
  • Merrill Auditorium - Portland, ME
  • Kitty C. Hart Theatre at the Egg - Albany, NY
  • Jorgenson Auditorium - Storrs, CT
  • Capitol Center for the Arts - Concord, NH
  • Lowell Auditorium - Lowell, MA
  • Ellington Theatre - Lynchburg, VA
  • The Orpheum Theatre - Memphis, TN
  • Westbury Music Fair - Westbury, NY
  • The Paradise - Boston, MA
  • Yoshi's - Oakland, CA
  • Jazzhaus - Freiburg, Germany
  • Godfrey Daniels - Bethlehem, PA
  • BamBoo Room - Lake Worth, FL
  • House of Blues - Cambridge, MA
  • The Bitter End - New York, NY
  • Caffe Lena - Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
  • Catamount Arts Center - St. Johnsbury, VT
  • The Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CA
  • The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Irving Plaza - New York, NY
  • Crossroads Cafe - Antwerp, Belgium
  • Oupeye Castle - Oupeye, Belgium
  • Aladdin Theatre - Portland, OR
  • Jersey Arts Centre - Jersey, UK
  • Plaza Palomino - Tucson, AZ
  • Frick Fine Arts Center - Pittsburgh, PA

PAUL RISHELL AND ANNIE RAINES HAVE OPENED FOR: Ray Charles, Little Feat, Asleep at the Wheel, Susan Tedeschi, Leon Russell, John Hammond, Dr. John, and John Sebastian.