Cook seeks her "Exodus"
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
– Elizabeth Cook will release "Exodus of Venus" on June 17 (Agent Love Records/Thirty Tigers), her first album since 2010's "Welder."
The 11 new originals are about heartache and hardship. Cook will start a tour later this month.
Patty Loveless sings backing vocals "Strait Jacket Blues." "Methadone Blues," the first song she penned for the album, has a bright soul kick. The album was produced by Dexter Green and recorded at Sound Emporium and Hidden Valley Studio in Nashville.
Cook, a Florida native, is best known for "Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be a Woman." Cook hosts the morning radio show "Elizabeth Cook's Apron Strings" on the Sirius XM radio station Outlaw Country.
1. Exodus of Venus
4. Dharma Gate
5. Slow Pain
6. Straight Jacket Love
7. Broke Down In London
8. Methadone Blues
9. Cutting Diamonds
10. Orange Blossom Trail
11. Tabitha Tuders Mama
Tour dates are:
April 22 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *
April 23 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe *
April 24 - Amity, PA - Rinky Dinks Roadhouse *
April 26 - Annapolis - Rams Head On Stage *
April 27 - Richmond, VA - Capitol Ale House *
April 28 - Rocky Mount, VA - Harvester Performance Center *
April 29 - Charlotte - Double Door Inn *
April 30 - Maryville, TN - The Shed *
May 6 - Birmingham, AL - Forum Theatre
May 7 - Meridian, MS - Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
June 15 - New York, NY - Joe's Pub
June 23 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
June 24 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
June 25 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theatre
June 26 - Houston, TX - McGonigel's Mucky Duck
June 28 - Tombal, TX - Main Street Crossing
June 29 - Austin, TX - 3TEN
June 30 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater
July 1 - Memphis, TN - Levitt Shell / Overton Park
* with Derek Hoke
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