Elizabeth Cook announces new CD
Thursday, March 11, 2010
– Traditional country singer Elizabeth Cook will release "Welder" on May 11 on 31 Tigers. Produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Kris Kristofferson), the disc features guest appearances by Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Crowell and Buddy Miller.
"Welder" is the follow up to Cook's 2007's Rodney Crowell produced and critically acclaimed, "Balls." Musicians on the CD include her road band, which consists of her husband Tim Carroll on guitar, Marco Giovino (Patty Griffin, Robert Plant) on drums and Bones Hillman from Midnight Oil on bass. She turned to some familiar faces and voices from the Grand Ole Opry adding Tim Atwood on keys and The Carol Lee Singers on background vocals.
The songs are person (Heroin Addict Sister and Mama's Funeral) and hillbilly-tinged humor (El Camino and Yes To Booty). Cook wrote the majority of "Welder" herself with a few exceptions. I'm Beginning To Forget was penned by her late mother, Joyce Cook and Follow You Like Smoke and Til Then by Carroll. Was also brought her Not California by NYC indie folk band, Hem.
1. El Camino
2. Not California
3. Heroin Addict Sister
4. Yes To Booty
5. Blackland Farmer
6. Girlfriend Tonite
7. Rock N Roll Man
8. Mama's Funeral
9. I'm Beginning To Forget
10. Snake In The Bed
11. Follow You Like Smoke
12. I'll Never Know
13. Til Then
Tour dates are:
March 18 Antone's (AMA Presents - Official SXSW Showcase) Austin,
March 25 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland (with Paul Thorn)
March 26 The Ark Ann Arbor, Michigan (with Paul Thorn)
March 27 Diesel Club Pittsburgh, (with Paul Thorn)
April 2 All Good Cafe Dallas,
April 3 Ray Wylie Hubbard's Grits N Groove Fest Fredericksburg, Texas
April 16 Dosey Doe Spring, Texas
April 17 Old Settlers Music Fest Driftwood, Texas
April 22 Rhythm & Brews Chattanooga, Tennessee (with Todd Snider)
May 6 The Station Inn Nashville,
May 7 Blue Plate Special Knoxville, Tennessee (afternoon)
May 7 Down Home - Johnson City, Tennessee
May 11 Joe's Pub New York
May 12 Sellersville Theater Sellersville, Pennsylvania
May 13 Birchmere Alexandria, Virginia
May 14 Night Cat Easton, Maryland
May 15 Five Oaks Clubhouse Durham, North Carolina
May 16 Charlotte, NC, Double Door Inn
May 18 Kirk Avenue Music Hall Roanoke, Virginia
May 19 Ashland Coffee and Tea Ashland, Virginia
May 21 Thunderbird Cafe Pittsburgh
May 22 Spring Gulch Folk Festival, New Holland PA
May 26 Atlanta - Eddie's Attic
June 3 Opry at the Ryman - Nashville
June 5 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago
June 5 Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago
June 11 Bonnaroo Manchester, Tenn.
June 20 Turning Point, Piermont, NY..
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Exodus of Venus
Elizabeth Cook's "Exodus of Venus" is a difficult record to sit through. Not because of the music, which is filled with high quality sounds from start to finish, but because of its painful content. For instance, when an album features a song with a title like "Methadone Blues," about a drug used to treat heroin addiction, you realize right away you're not in the realm of squeaky clean mainstream country. Cook has had some rough patches along the way, and "Exodus »»»
On her latest release (the title is a nod to her father), Elizabeth Cook is as full of sass and vinegar as ever, and her hick valley-girl recitation El Camino ("If I wake up married, I'll have to annul it/Right now my hands are in his mullet"), the marital advice she offers up in Yes to Booty and the wry portrait painted by Rock n Roll Man will likely end up being the record's popular favorites, and for good reason.
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Elizabeth Cook has come up with another album of unvarnished country music, delivered by her thick-as-molasses twang and solid, stripped-down honky-tonk backing.
The album is stuffed to the gills with reasons to listen that ought to attract the attention of anyone partial to contemporary iterations of traditional country.
There are shuffles galore, from "He's Got No Heart" and its classic wordplay ("he's got no heart that I know of... I'd shoot him down if I knew »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies
Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal
Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved.
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