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Blues guitarist/singer Tomcat Courtney was born in Marlin, TX, on January 22, 1929, and raised in Downsville, TX, where his father, a ragtime piano player, had a juke joint. He became a dancer and joined a circus show as a teenager, beginning to sing in the show. He moved to Lubbock, TX, after World War II and became a cook, meanwhile learning to play guitar. He played roadhouses throughout the Southwest and settled in San Diego, CA, in 1971, where he began playing clubs several nights a week, also appearing regularly in Phoenix, AZ. His first recording came on the album San Diego Blues Jam released by Advent Records in 1974, and over the years he pressed up his own CDs to sell at his gigs. In 2000, his song "Shake It Up Baby" appeared on the album I Better Move On... by Len Rainey & the Midnight Players. Signed to Blue Witch Records, he made his national recording debut with Downsville Blues, released on May 20, 2008, when he was 79 years old.