If He Showed Up Now questions how Christ would be received today (imagine him as an immigrant refugee, for example), and Walk That Lonesome Valley takes a look at the courage of Sojourner Truth, Father Daniel Berrigan and Chelsea Manning, the last one recently pardoned by President Obama.
Look them up if you don't know their tales, or better yet buy this album.
He brings dark stories to life under the guise of pleasant, and excellently played folk music, which is just as subversive as screaming it over the roar of full-throat punk rock." -Michael Dunn, Beatroute "I knew as soon as I heard the album. The album has a string of originals and co-written originals, every one an excellent example of the genre. Perhaps we should all line up behind him and sing in unison.
He's as good a modern folkie as we have these days. Straight vocals in a sort of campfire setting, practically made for Cook's voice. It may be the last real chance we have." -Frank Gutch, Jr., No Depression "Absolutely brilliant...
Scott Cook should be proud that he is doing his part to keep that ribbon winding." -Tony Smith, Trad & No "All he needs is an instrument, an attitude and a song and Cook can turn a campfire into a concert.
My first impression of his brand new album (Further Down the Line) is that he has a lot of what made John Stewart the man he was: songwriting talent, a voice worth hearing, and an appreciation of his audience.
He's a thoughtful guy, throwing a hard look at his home province (Alberta, You're Breaking My Heart), and fellow bros (Fellas, Get Out the Way), though still finding space to hilariously celebrate that most venerable of late night dancing and drinking institutions (Kitchen Dance Party On).
His Edmonton-based back band The Second Chances (Bramwell Park, mandolin, banjo; Melissa Walker, bass) supply their usual sturdy and inventive backing, with pianist Dana Wylie, drummer Matt Blackie and violinist Adam Iredale-Gray adding nice touches throughout.
This used to be what a large percentage of folk music was all about. This will be an album that will be eagerly awaited by old fans but will easily manage to draw in new fans too." -Kayleigh Dann, Maverick Country "As hard traveling a man as he is, Scott Cook doesn't give into the usual world weary platitudes associated with the 21st century wandering singer-songwriter.
He has a good eye for imagery, a gentle human touch, a wry sense of humour, a whole lot of integrity, a warm, rugged voice and a bunch of memorable lines...
Truly one of Woody Guthrie's children." -David Burke, Rn R Magazine Scott Cook Bio "Onesheet": Acrobat High-Resolution Photos for press use Release sheet for Further Down the Line: Acrobat Places I've played: short list complete list Album lyrics can be found in Words "It's a great, soulful and inquisitive album from the get-go, the opener a love letter to Woodie Guthrie...
A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada's Scott Cook has managed to distil the stories collected over a decade of touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse.
Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave threads of folk, roots, blues, soul and country over spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements.