Tomcat Courtney

Tomcat Courtney was raised in a cotton field outside of Marlin, Texas. When he was ten years old he saw Bill Bojangles dance in a traveling minstrel show and Tomcat was hooked.. He left home at the age of 14 to dance in the circus where he also sang and learned to play the guitar. His style of playing was based on roots music and the blues that he not only heard, but he loved. As a songwriter, Tomcat penned “Cook My Breakfast,” “Disaster Blues” and “Railroad Avenue,” which was inspired by an ex-girlfriend named Ruby. Now that’s the blues.


Interview Date:
March 14, 2011
Job Title:
Musician, songwriter

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