Scott Cook (Thursday)
Thursday, February 27 @ 7:30 pm
Alberta’s Scott Cook has been living out of a van or a backpack for a dozen years now, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere, and distilling his experiences into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. His fourth independent release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track “Pass It Along” won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him “one of Canada’s most inspiring and imaginative storytellers”. His sixth album Further Down the Line garnered a second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, and has already sold over 7000 copies independently. He’s currently touring in support of his seventh album, Tangle Of Souls, which comes packaged in a cloth-bound, hardcover book filled with ruminations and road stories. Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 150 shows and a dozen festivals every year since 2007. He’s managed to visit Michigan every year, playing Blissfest twice and Earthwork Harvest Gathering eight times, in addition to folk clubs and living rooms all over the state. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.
“Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on.” -David Francey, 3x Juno-winning Canadian songwriter
“As good a modern folkie as we have these days. A voice perfect for the genre. An understanding beyond the norm.” –No Depression