This weary voiced troubadour from North Carolina, by viewpoint is from the South, and his music encompasses a fair portion of America. He isn't afraid to mix things up and garble what you think should be happening, muddling your mindset. Blowing away expectations is what they call it, throwing banjos into the mix when the dominant instrument is a fuzzed up rock guitar, Heartless Road. This disc has rudiments of Rock, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, and R&B well integrated into his songs; upon occasion they will pretty closely fit into one genre except for that small iota that makes you pause, and think. You know what they say about thinking? It can cause clarity and result in intelligence.
This is one of those discs that until you listen closely to it isn't going to create great commotion. Cook doesn't rely on flash and boom to make his point. If you sit and listen you are going to come away with a great appreciation for what he is doing. He wrote all the songs except Ezekiel's Wheel, which he co-wrote with Tammy Brackett and Marc Abernathy. These are songs that demonstrate thought and don't rely on the repetition of a word or a phrase repeated over and over until beaten to death; they tell stories in straightforward and intelligent way. The group of musicians backing him on this are a very solid professional group who support his songs all the way. As musicianship is at the fore let's throw in a nod to Cook's stellar guitar playing. That is him playing all the leads on guitars except when Ferrell Stowe steps up on Dobro. Take a listen to the feeling behind Get Over The One, or Twenty-One, they about sum it all up. These are two very beautiful songs that spell out his story in a direct way.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2011, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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