Tomcat Courtney Photos

San Diego-based blues guitarist/vocalist Tomcat Courtney was born in Waco, Texas in 1929, where he grew up on the music of Lightnin’ Hopkins and T-Bone Walker, both whom he knew personally. Tomcat is a stunning vocalist and guitarist with a beautiful down-home approach to the blues. He relocated to California in the 1960s, first moving to Los Angeles; and then, in the early 1970s, to San Diego, where he has lived since. He has become a prominent elder statesman of the San Diego blues community. Bob and Tomcat were introduced in 2007 by Chris James, who had played with Tomcat since the early 1980s (Chris joined Tomcat’s band at age 13). Bob Corritore has produced a beautiful Tomcat Courtney CD that will be released in early 2008. Please enjoy this collection of photos of the great Tomcat Courtney.

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Tomcat Courtney Promotional Photo
(Photo Courtesy of Chris James)

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Tomcat Courtney in Waco, Texas – Late 1940s
(Photo Courtesy of Chris James)

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Tomcat Courtney – 1972
(Photo Courtesy of Chris James)

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Tomcat Courtney
(Photo Courtesy of Chris James)

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Tomcat Courtney Show Poster
(Photo Courtesy of Chris James)

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Tomcat Courtney & Chris James at the New Dolphin in Southeast San Diego, CA – Mid 1980s
(Photo Courtesy of Chris James)

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Tomcat Courtney
(Photo Courtesy of Chris James)

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Tomcat Courtney
(Photo Courtesy of Chris James)

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Tomcat Courtney
(Photo Courtesy of Chris James)

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Willie “Big Eyes” Smith & Tomcat Courtney at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ
(Photo by Bob Corritore)

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Honeyboy Edwards & Tomcat Courtney at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ
(Photo by Bob Corritore)

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Bob Corritore & Tomcat Courtney at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ – March 23, 2007
This was the first concert Bob and Tomcat played together.
(Photo by Kim Danielson)

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Tomcat Courtney in Session at Tempest Recording in Tempe, AZ
(Photos by Bob Corritore)

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Fred Heath, Tomcat Courtney, Chris James – 1986
(Photo Courtesy of Chris James)

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Chris James (Age 14), Tomcat Courtney, Fred Heath – 1981
(Photo Courtesy of Chris James)

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Tomcat Courtney
(Photo Courtesy of Chris James)

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