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History of Vin Mott

Vin Mott was born and raised in Pequannock, NJ. Starting drum lessons at the age of 7, it was in high school when Vin discovered his love for the blues and blues harmonica. From 2007-2011 he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he graduated with a BA in Songwriting with Drum Set as his principal instrument. 

By the summer of 2013 Vin had returned home to New Jersey. Over the next several years Vin would book countless gigs in local taverns, roadhouses, restaurants and music venues in his home state of NJ. His live band has included some of the areas most talented young Jazz, Blues, and Roots musicians. 

In 2017 Vin released his debut blues album entitled “Quit the Women for the Blues”. Consisting of 10 original tunes the album reached #12 on the Roots Music Report’s Contemporary Blues Album Chart on March 18th, 2017 and #1 for four weeks straight on their NJ Blues Album Chart from March 18th-April 8th 2017. In addition the album reached #4 on the ABARAC’s International Blues Airplay Chart in Australia in March 2017, #9 on France’s Classement Airplay chart for July/August 2017, #19 on the Living Blues Radio Chart in Italy, and #22 on the UK’s IBBA Blues chart on July 17, 2017! 

Coinciding with the success of his first release Vin began book outside of NJ raising his status from a purely local talent to a touring blues musician. He began working in states such as NC, TN, MA, VT, NY, PA, TX, MS, LA, DE playing such notable venues as Radio Bean (Burlington, VT), Green Oaks Tavern (Humble, TX), Shakespeare’s Pub (Houston, TX), The Twisted Tail (Philadelphia, PA) and many others. 

Vin Mott is continuing his life’s work pursuing a career as a musician, band leader, blues performer, and harmonica player. His enthusiasm for making music is only matched by his work ethic, authentic blues sound, and natural entertaining abilities. On January 18th, 2019 Vin will release his second album Rogue Hunter with a short tour in CA to follow in February.

Quotes

” Straight-up, muscular blue-collar blues out of New Jersey is what this band offers.” – Blues & Rhythm (UK) 

 
“If you like your blues down and dirty then Vin Mott certainly delivers them.” – Memphis Marty 
 
“This solid debut heralds the arrival of an important young talent. East Coast harmonica fans should be on the lookout for Vin Mott.”  – Blues Music Magazine

“Vin Mott’s debut release Quit The Women For The Blues is an entertaining slab of modern harmonica-led blues that openly displays the notable influence of several first-generation electric blues icons as well as second generation stars such as the Paul Butterfield Band.” – Rhys Williams, Blues Blast Magazine

“It’s an old school sound and the recording displays a natural talent, good songwriting, and like a high jumper “he’s up and over the bar”. An auspicious debut.” – Richard Ludmerer, Making A Scene

“It’s good to see musicians of any age brining forth the blues in a traditional manner, and catching Vin Mott’s Rhythm and Blues Band live in the NJ area is a great way to get that comforting sound delivered by a fresh face. And for those not close to the NJ haunts of Vinny, grab this CD and bide your time because I have a feeling it won’t be long before he’ll be paying visits to an area near you.” – Guy Powell, Big City Rhythm & Blues

“Backed by Vin Mott’s Rhythm and Blues Band, Vin takes center stage on the release with raw Blues vocals and harmonica blasts. The band stand firm with demands, set goals, and marinate contemporary human conditions in slow cooked Blues.” – The Alternative Root

“The numbers were recorded live in the studio and because of that fact the music exudes the highly evocative atmosphere of a smoky down at heel Chicago blues club; and ‘Vin’s’ subtle and caressing harmonica work is a delectable amalgamation of his heroes, who in no particular order are Howlin’ wolf, little Walter, muddy waters, Steve Guyer, Johnny Copeland, Kim Wilson and William Clarke.” – Brian Herman, Blues In The South (UK)

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