It has been a while...
Summer News Letter 2007 – Chris Cook Music
Reclaiming my name!
Finally! chriscookmusic.com is mine once again
after a long 18 months of dealing with the laws of domain names!
The website will soon be running again. I will let you know when
that happens. In the meantime, you can check out the totally
redone (and fantastic!).
Hal Ketchum - So far this year, lets see. Where do I
start? There was the thing I got to do with Hal Ketchum back in
March. What a treat to have dinner with Hal and his band before
the Sylvia Theater show. A huge and humble Thank You goes to the
audience and to the Sylvia too. Maybe some writing dates in the
future for me n Hal? We will see.
Reitz Guitar Endorsement (Denmark) - Jakob did a masterful job
on my new guitar. I have already gotten some road scars on it,
but aint that part of it? If youd like to know more, visit the
fan site homepage and read the story at the bottom right.
Overseas Touring - When I left the house the first of this
summer, I flew to England and kicked off one of the best trips
to Europe Ive ever had. I was privileged to play the Audlem
Music Festival for starters. (For more on this go to
www.chriscookfanclub.com and look for the
Audlem article). Im forever grateful to have friends Jim
Kirkpatrick & Heavy Wheather, Kim Bjerrum & Family, Had & Hennie
Verheijen, Hans Gunther Hansen, Nigel Ray Beck, for helping me
out while in Denmark, England and Holland. I want to send a
shout out to Radio 2 KRO American Connection Netherlands. Each
Saturday from 18:00 till 20:00 hours and several programs
through the week are featuring my music!
US Touring - Of course, I've been playing a lot in the States
too. Regular gigs in and around my hometown of Belmont, NC and
gigs at the Hogs Breath Saloon in Key West and Destin, FL have
kept me busy. Oh, and making a new record in Nashville in
Great World of Sound – Yep! Two of my songs are in the movie,
Great World of Sound (Sundance 07). The movie premiered last
week, I think. My songs, The One That Got Away is suppose to be
playing on the car radio in one scene and Go Back to Sleep is on
the jute box in another part of the movie…I cant wait to see it.
One of yall save me a seat. My gratitude goes to all who was a
part of this fun project.
Charlotte Music Awards - Just when I thought maybe my fans in
Charlotte NC might have forgotten about me since Im not around
very much, I get a note from the Charlotte Music Awards letting
me know Ive made it to the finals in the nomination process. I
am up for Best Songwriter and Best Overall Performer! I am very
grateful for those who nominated me and for the recognition. My
thanks go out to everyone at the Charlotte Music Awards for
making this type of thing possible. I am looking forward to
seeing the growth in music awareness in and around the Charlotte
area. This is sure to be good for it. My congratulations go out
to all the winners.
New Record for 08 - Thrilled, honored, excited…I cant find the
words to say how I felt when producer Danny White of 16 Tons
Studio in Nashville told me who was gonna back me in the studio
during last months (July 07) recording of my upcoming record. Im
still in awe of it all. Bassist Bob Babbitt and Drummer Ed
Green, both Motown musicians (Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Stevie
Wonder, etc) were just some of the guys youll hear! Its gonna be
rockin roll rhythm & blues - MY way! I hope to have it out in
January 2008 on Bandor Records.
Thanks - go to those who do their best to come to the gigs at
home. A special thanks to Kathy Hendrix for the awesome photos
and the behind-the-scenes work she does for me. I genuinely
appreciated it. To all you guys that help me book flights. You
know who you are and thank you!
Remember that you can get all the news about my current schedule
on these websites:
Until next time, God bless and all the best!
It's really hard to believe 1/3 of 2006 is already gone! My
oh my how the time does fly, huh? At any rate, thanks to all the
family, friends & fans for getting this year off to a great
musical start! I hope you all have a great Easter and spring
break. Let me know how you are, I'd love to hear from ya!
p.s. I am still in search of good
management/booking, any ideas?
I will be in Nashville from April 10th – 15th for various
meetings, writing sessions and what ever else I can churn up while
I’m there. Anyone wanting to get together to write or talk biz let
me know. Wed, April 12th I’ll be back on Mark Werner’s Americana
Tonight Show. Accompaniment will consist of these fine players:
Paul Deakin/drums Danny White/bass Scotty Huff/guitar& vox Ashley
Brown/fiddle & vox We will perform a few song from “Small Town
Gone” as well as some newer material I’ve managed to muster up
over the past year. Show starts at 8:30pm
French Quarter Café
This is a one of a kine Music & Cajun Eatry located rite
cross the Cumberland Bayou from the Big City of Nashville. The
Franch Quarter provides autenic Louisiana cuisine in a laid back
Big Easy atmosphere. I will perform there on Saturday, April 15th
at 9:00pm. This will be a 45 minute solo acoustic set that will be
heard LIVE on the web. Go to their site to find out how to listen!
It's been a year or more since I've been down in this part
of the country and I'm more than lookin' faward to gettin' the
opportunity to jam with my two favorite Mike's. Cline and Roberts,
that is. I'll play with 5 0' Clock Charlie at the Sports Page on
Thurs, the 13th then an acoustic performance at Sammy's Pub on
Friday! I hope to see all my AL friends n' fans at one, the other
Adam Knight Music Group
I sent word to you a while back about this guy. Well, he
finally paid me back!!! That's right! In full! I also heard he
paid a few others he owed as well. If you or someone you know that
have had dealings with The Adam Knight Music Group I would like to
hear about it. You might also contact
share your stories.
Hog's Breath Saloon
The end of April takes me back down to the world famous
Hog's Breath with my good friends Paul Deakin, Scotty Huff and
Drake Leonard. This is and always will be the absolute best place
in the keys to have a cocktail and listen to LIVE music! Don't
forget to watch it on the the "Hog Cam"
Tom at My Space has been getting a lot of flack from the
media for providing a tool for stalkers, perverts & such but it is
a wonderful tool for the music biz as well. Does the press always
have to expose the dark side of everything?? I myself have two My
Space accounts. A personal one with pics of me and my family and
then another for the music. Will you be my friend? :-)
Check em' both out!
Touring for 2006
I am now planning a tour of the UK and Europe for Fall
2006! Anyone ready and willing to assist with booking venues or
house concerts please contact me personally. Any and all help
would be greatly appreciated!
for all up- coming shows!
God bless you and yours today and every day!
All the best,
Chris Cook Music- January
GREETINGS! I hope you all had a great Holiday! It's hard to
believe we're already half way through the first decade of the new
millennium! I can't decide weather I'm glad or sad the world
didn't turn out like the old black n' white sci-fi movies that
depicted the future! I don't know which is worse, the way it is or
the way we thought it was going to be! Either way, I'm still glad
to be here! Just a quick word to keep you updated on the latest
Chris Cook music news and tour info.
In this issue:
NEW! Live "So-Low" CD
Plans for 2006
Nov 2005 UK/European Tour
It’s always a pleasure to meet new friends, perform for
great audiences and I certainly had no shortage the month of
November 2005. Special thanks to Steve Brown, James Windsor, Rab
Smith, George Douglas, Ogg Jackson, Peter Hubner, Nigel Ray Beck,
Lex Armstrong, Kim Bjerrum and everyone else who took part in
making this tour one to remember. See you all again this year!
New Live Acoustic CD “SO-LOW”
In July of 2005 I recorded an acoustic show at the Main
Street Music Café in Homestead, Florida. A new live CD was
unexpectedly born that includes some old stuff as well as some new
material. Live “So-Low” has been doing well in the UK, U.S. and
Europe. Go to
to get your copy.
Touring for 2006
I am now planning a tour of the UK and Europe for Fall
2006! Anyone ready and willing to assist with booking venues or
house concerts please contact me personally. Any and all help is
In closing, I want to wish you a very happy and eventful new year
in 2006. God bless you and yours today and every day!
All the best,
November - Greetings!
First off, I would like to thank all of you who have supported my
music this year by coming to the shows, buying records and passing
the word around, it's been a good one! For the record, my deal
with GAFF Music has finally came to a long awaited close thank the
Lord!! Luckily, I was able to obtain my Small Town Gone masters
and now gathering and writing new material to shop to other
label/management groups, any offers? See ya at the gig, Chris
This month has kept me busy with my latest release, "So-Low" -
recorded live in Homestead, FL earlier this year. Some tracks
you'll recognize from "Small Town Gone" and "Heartless Road" and
some you won’t! Don't delay...be the first to order your copy hot
off the press, at chriscookmusic.com
October 6th - I recorded for the "Linker's Leftovers" television
show on Cable Access 21, Charlotte, NC to inroduce some of my new
material. The show airs Cable Access 21 (TVACCESS21) Friday
October 10th - 16th – I had a great time jammin' at the Hogs
Breath in Key West, with Paul Deakin, Robert Reynolds and Mike
Mcadam. If you can’t make it down there in person, then check out
the live Hog Cam
October 22nd - Shelby, NC hosted the 3rd Annual Art of Sound Music
Festival on Saturday. Kim Richey headlined this year with other
performances by Mama Said, Tom Eure, Malcomb Holcomb and Chris
Cook! I was excited about celebrating the musical heritage of
North Carolina and glad to have been a part of it!
I’m returning to Europe, with 15 dates across England,
Scotland, Denmark and Holland. This will be a great time meeting
with friends (old and new) and having the opportunity to play for
Dutch and Danish audiences again. I'll also have a chance to spend
some time with London's hottest new arrival...my sister, Reece.
She flew over this month and is adjusting well to the English way
of life (which is lucky as she is now a permanent resident). Be
sure to check out December's newsletter and find out how the tour
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This month’s news is contributed by Carol
and Ian Reay, Fear Nothing Online, United Kingdom. These two
people are behind the scenes for Kevin Montgomery tours. I don’t
think anyone will disagree when I say its folks like Carol and Ian
who deserve a ton of credit when tours are as successful as
Kevin’s. Thanks to you both for your kindness, generous
hospitality and all around support during my tour with Kevin
Montgomery and The Road Trippers.
I am honored to have been chosen to be the opening act for this
tour and plan to return to the UK in 2005. My sincere thanks go
out to Kevin Montgomery, Robert Reynolds, Paul Deakin, Al Perkins,
Johnny MacKinnon, Mike McAdam and Carol and Ian Reay for the best
of opportunities to play some of the most memorable gigs I’ve ever
Special thanks to ALL the fine people I met at the shows. I don’t
think I’ve performed for better audiences anywhere! I truly look
forward to meeting each and every one of you again in the near
future. All the best to you and yours today and everyday! God
Chris Cook News: by Carol and Ian Reay, Fear Nothing Online,
United Kingdom, February 1, 2005
Kevin Montgomery has spent five years
building up his fan-base in the UK and Ireland and mainland
Over those years he has never let down the fans - constantly
giving them, as The Guardian newspaper quoted, a 'habitually
awesome' night out - with great music and a star-studded line-up
in his band The Road Trippers.
The fans trust Kevin Montgomery to always come up with the goods
and he never fails. One of the secrets he has is the quality of
support acts he manages to bring over here. Jeff Finlin, Carter
Wood, Dean Owens, Trish Murphy have all opened up for Kevin
Montgomery in the past. This time Chris Cook was given that
opportunity and he certainly did not disappoint.
The thirty minute plus slot he was given he used to his best
advantage, playing mostly self-penned tracks from his Small Town
Gone CD. The crowds listened and fully appreciated, enjoying his
warm North Carolina drawl and his friendly personality. His songs,
a mixture of country, western swing and even spiritual, went down
a storm - honest songs, simple songs that struck a chord with the
fans and had them lining up to buy albums and meet the guy and
tell him what they liked about him. His live CD sold out within
the first few days.
Many fans had already heard Chris Cook on UK radio - lots of them
arrived at shows saying - 'we just heard Chris on Nick Barraclough
or Bob Harris' - on BBC Radio 2 - the main station in the UK. In
Northern Ireland, Ralph Mclean, the most well respected BBC Radio
Foyle DJ took time not only to play tracks of Chris Cook but
interviewed him for his show too.
Once the main show got going Chris was invited to join in with the
Road Trippers and stretch out himself on guitar too, playing
everything from soul to blues with the legendary Al Perkins. He
also showed himself as a drummer too filling in while Paul Deakin
played the walls, the ceiling, the lighting rig or whatever was
Chris Cook took hold of the chance Kevin Montgomery gave him and
he succeeded in winning the respect of Kevin's crowd - they will
be loyal to him too and if he would like to return to the UK -
they will certainly be more than happy to come out and see him
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The loyalty and support given Chris by fans in 2004 was too great
to measure. To simply say “thanks” is not enough, but THANK YOU!
2004 has left excitement in the air for Chris Cook Music. But we
will not forget to count our blessings and remember those who were
not as lucky as we were. For the world, 2004 will be a year that
will stay in our minds for a long, long time. Hopefully, we are
all better people because we lived it.
To get all the 2004 Highlights, visit the News at
Chris Cook News – January 2005 Update
Chris Cook landed safe and sound on January 2nd in London,
where he will begin touring as special guest of Kevin Montgomery
and the Road Trippers. Kevin is the son of Bob Montgomery, former
songwriting and collaborative partner of the late Buddy Holly,
while his mother Carol sang back up on pop classics like Elvis
Presley’s “Suspicious Minds”. The Road Trippers is a band
comprised up of Robert Reynolds (bass), Paul Deakin (drums) both
of The Mavericks, Mike McAdam (Steve Earle’s former guitarist),
and legendary steel player, Al Perkins of Emmylou Harris, Gram
Parsons and Manassas fame. Carol and Ian Reay of Fear Nothing
Online will be sending us the news as it happens regarding the
tour. 2005 is already showing the promise of a great year for
Chris. BBC Radio 2, a national UK station, has featured Chris Cook
Music. A full-page article was published about Chris in the
popular country music magazine, Maverick. And, another opportunity
to perform with masterful musicians, singers, songwriters!
Follow this link to listen to the radio
show! Hear what Bob Harris of BBC Radio says about Chris Cook,
Small Town Gone!
Go to Bob Harris Saturday Show and forward to the 2nd hour. At
20:11 he will announce the song "Old Guitar"...listen to the song
and what Bob says after...this is the coolest!
Chris Cook fans not only appreciate good music, they are very
artistic as well.
The painter’s name is Allyson Speaks. She runs a consignment shop
in Charlotte North Carolina.
- CHRIS COOK NEWS
Joal Rush, Kylie Sackley and Chris Cook at
Hog’s Breath Saloon.
- January 2005 – Chris Cook has been
nominated to be the opening act for a great tour! Go online and
read about all it. This is a wonderful opportunity for Chris to
perform for some of the best known names in the music business!
What a great way to start a new year!
European Tour with Kevin Montgomery and the Road Trippers (Al
Perkins, Robert Reynolds, Paul Deakin and Mike McAdam)
Upcoming December Events! The Entire month of December is a “Big
Event” with one great show after the other! Keep watching the web
site for updates!
Don’t forget to buy your ticket to the Small Town Gone CD Release
Party December 16th at The Visulite Theatre, Charlotte NC! Tickets
are only $10.00! That’s a steal!
- November Highlights:
Trip Roger’s Acoustic Showdown featured Chris Cook on
November 3rd at the Neighborhood Theatre. Chris and Trip were
accompanied by Kennon Knight and his jumpin’ jive percussions and
sound affects. Don and Laurie Koster took pictures which can be
For any of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting Don and
Laurie, their participation in the support of local musicians has
earned them Creative Loafing's Winner of the 2004 Critics' Pick
"Best Supporter of Local Music (Individual)," Laurie Koster and
her husband Don are active members of the local and regional
musical community. Not only is Laurie a self-employed Web Designer
for many of the bands, she and Don can be seen weekly at various
shows supporting the local talent. To view and sign up for their
weekly newsletter detailing many of these live shows and band
WGWG’s Holidaze CD was released this month. This CD includes
traditional as well as some original songs performed by some of
our best local talents. Robin Rogers and David Childers made
contributions, just to name a couple. There are many more great
people featured on the CD. Chris contributed his original song, “A
Letter Home to You” to the compilation. This CD is sure to bring
some holiday cheer to all who hear it. For a donation to WGWG of
only $15.00, you can add some Christmas sprit to your holiday
gatherings, help the radio station …and get a tax deduction to
Chris played at the Baxter Village Fall Festival, compliments of
Circa North Hair Salon, Fort Mill SC on November 6th. This must
have been a good way to get a day rolling because Chris held that
momentum when he played that night at T-Bones on the Lake. Ashley
Allison, fiddle player and Kevin Atkinson, musician, joined Chris
on stage. What a memorable jam session that was! People were
dancing, singing along and just having a good time. Robbi and Rick
Jones celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary that night too!
Congratulations to them both!....and to anyone else that can stay
married that long and still want to dance with each other!
Chris added quite a few fans to his list at the Shindiawa Event
held at the Fox and Hound at Uptown Charlotte. Check Shindiawa out
at www.shindiawa.com. Steve Garrison and Ashley Allison
accompanied Chris with steel and fiddle at this annual event. See
the pictures of them wearing Shindiawa hats on the Chris Cook
Music Reviews Page.
Main Street Music Café in Homestead, Florida featured Chris on
their beautiful stage on November 11th. Check them out at
www.mainstreetcafe.com. Laurie Oudin, a singer and the manager of
the café, really knows how to make a musician feel important! The
food was excellent as well! Chris added many fans to his email
list that night. Chris reported that he was met with one of the
most receptive audiences he has ever played for. Thanks to Laurie
and Scott for a wonderfully rewarding experience!
On November 12th Chris performed at the Chocolate Moose Music Café
in Davie Florida. This café has not been open very long, but they
really know how to prepare a great meal. If you are ever in the
Fort Lauderdale area, please visit Marc Silverman and Mike
Donnenberg at the café and tell them Chris Cook sent you. The
dessert menu is killer! Chris had the Chocolate Moose Cake…it was
sinfully good! Thanks to Marc and Mike for a very nice event!
November 19th, Honey Bear’s Steak House in Shelby NC and on
November 20th, Wize Guys Pizzeria in Charlotte NC (Ballantyne
area) added Chris Cook Music to their menus. We all look forward
to dining at these great eateries to enjoy good food and good
Chris Cook Music. Chris reported he had a really fun time at both
of these restaurants! And the food was EXCELLENT!
Tim and Bonnie Ruiz joined Chris at T-Bones on November 26th. Tim
is a fabulous bass man and his wife, Bonnie, keeps good time with
tambourine and other such instruments. Tim and Bonnie both work in
the health-care industry and love to jam to unwind. Great job
guys! Hope to see you again real soon!
Chris Eagle, banjo/guitar player, and formerly Chris Cook’s music
student, jammed with Chris on November 27th at T-Bones!
T-Bones is turning into The Chris Cook Jamboree! Let us know what
you think about that idea!
Until next month!
- October’s Highlights
By Peg McPherson & Steve White
Things have certainly been hoppin’ for Chris these past four
weeks. He’s been at home, on the road, and just about everywhere
in between playin’ his ever-lovin’ heart out. But, before we get
into all the particulars, us folks here at Fatfried Music Group
just want to thank y’all for supporting Chris and showing up
(faithfully) at his shows. The new record, “SMALL TOWN GONE” is
flyin’ off the shelves, and we’ve got a feelin’ that before too
long we’ll be loading up a U-Haul with Grammy Awards (we’re only
half kiddin’ ‘bout that). Country stations all over are beginning
to give “SMALL TOWN GONE” some serious airplay, and that Dear
Fans, is as it should be. This record kicks some serious butt!
Well folks, as you can probably see,
www.chriscookmusic.com has been totally revamped.
Hopefully, you’ll all agree that the changes are positive. We went
for a much “lighter” look and a more interactive feel. Did we
accomplish that? Let us know by emailing the webmaster via the
“Contact” page with your comments and recommendations. We’re
ALWAYS open to suggestions- as long as they don’t suck! LOL!
On to the news!
On October 2nd, Chris was invited to attend a Live Broadcast (with
a backstage pass, of course) at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville
(that’s a big deal, brothers and sisters!). The broadcast featured
LeAnn Rimes, The Mavericks, new artist Katrina Elam, Nashville
Star finalist George Canyon, and Riders In The Sky! What a day he
had! Chris was speechless…and that doesn’t happen very often!
Chris kicked off WGWG’s WEBBStock ‘04 fundraiser by performing
live at the radio station. The Chris Cook Fan Club called in more
than $100.00 in pledges. The radio station will make announcements
that say something like, “This hour (or day) is sponsored by the
Chris Cook Fan Club.” Keep supporting Public Radio people, ‘cause
Public Radio supports our boy Chris!
Mr. Derrick Rhems, Programming Manager at the radio station in
Sumter, South Carolina took Chris and Ashely Allison (fiddle
player) on a grand tour of the station. Chris and Ashely performed
live during the station’s Morning Coffee time-slot in promotion of
the Kingstree BBQ. Both reported that this was the highlight of
the trip. Chris mentioned the band that opened for him should have
been the headliner as they really had it together with a groove
that was “kick-ass”.
Chris performed with Robert Reynolds and Paul Deakin, both of the
Mavericks and Scotty Huff, former guitar player for Keith Urban.
The band was put together and boogied on down to the Hog’s Breath
Saloon in Key West Florida (hell, that sounds like a vacation!).
Chris made his mark on the Hog’s Breath Stage with his guitar and
his music…he was smokin’! It was great to be able watch him Live
on the Hog’s Breath web-cams. They played mostly covers, but one
night they turned the spotlight on Chris and his acoustic guitar.
He sang “Signals From Above” (co-written by Mary Yarbrough). One
thing you can always say about Chris Cook is that he never fails
to name the person who wrote a song…sometimes he’ll even mention
the other artists that made a song famous…but he never fails to
give credit to the writer of a song….that says a lot about him. As
Chris would say, “Hell, they don’t play my tunes, but I’m gonna
play theirs- ‘cause they’re good…...”
Chris finished up the coastal tour in Charleston, South Carolina
where he attended a Survivor Party…yes it’s true. He and his
Friends and Fans in Charleston had a party during the Survivor
show while it aired on TV….and of course it wouldn’t be a party if
Chris didn’t sing. He and Butch teamed up to entertain the folks
at Lite Affair and at the party…..
Chris did 14 straight days and nights of hard drivin’, singing and
playing, and then wrapped up the month at Rodi in Gastonia, North
Carolina on the 29th, where he brought the house down. You could
tell the ‘ole boy was tired, but he gave a rock-solid 2 hours of
Chris Cook’s best!
Radio stations all over the country are adding Small Town Gone to
their play-lists this week thanks to our good buddy, Al Moss. That
Al’s a good ‘ole boy…and our collective hats are off to him!
Chris’ song “The One That Got Away” was played on the Homegrown
Mix. That tune is one of Jim Kelly’s (the host) favorite songs.
Small Town Gone was also featured on WUNC 91.5 FM’s Back Porch
Music show on October 17th. Keith Weston is the host of that show.
Diana Swiderski has been playing two songs off the new CD. She
hosts an Americana show that airs on WRFG 89.3 FM in Atlanta,
Georgia. Newspaper articles are being printed like crazy with the
“buzz” on Chris, the Mavericks, Scotty Huff, and Kylie Stackley.
Cindy Gibson reports that Small Town Gone is #1 at WSGE 91.7 FM in
Dallas, North Carolina! You go boy!!!!!!!!!!
The Big Event for November is Chris’ upcoming performance
at Billy Block’s Western Beat being held in Nashville Tennessee,
on Nov. 30th. Check the Schedule page for the link- they do a
web-cast you can hear sittin’ at your own desk. This showcase
could mean exposure to some of Nashville’s biggest talent scouts
and record companies, as well as radio and TV personalities.
Rubbin’ elbows with the Movers and Shakers!
The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC has invited Chris to
perform as a featured act at their new “open mic” event.
Chris will go back to Florida to perform at two showcase venues,
The Main Street Music Café and The Chocolate Moose (again, check
the Schedule page- OFTEN!).
We also need to remind y’all that the CD Release Party for SMALL
TOWN GONE will be held at The Visulite Theater (1615 Elizabeth
Ave. Charlotte, NC) on December 16th, 2004. Get your tickets
early, because there’ll be limited seating for this event, and
it’s an event you won’t want to miss! Advance tickets are $20.00
and can be purchased online (see the “Schedule” page for the link)
or you can call the box-office at 704.358.9200. You can also email
us here at email@example.com for complete details.
So, good people, it’s been a whirlwind month for Chris Cook, and
hopefully bigger and better things will keep coming his way. Just
remember, the true measure of his success depends solely on you-
his Fans. If not for your ears, your hearts, your cover-charge
dollars, your CD-buying dollars and your devotion to Chris Cook’s
music, there wouldn’t be enough momentum to carry this new record
through. Keep up the good work, Happy Thanksgiving, and as Chris
would say, “God Bless, and All the Best………………... ”
Until Next Month…..
Thanks to all who continue to contribute to the new release, Small
Gone, (Gaff Music). It has been a long time coming, but I think all that
have heard the CD believe it well worth the wait. The radio stations are
spinning it, so call and request some Chris Cook Music. Don't have your
copy yet? Go to
The CD is in stores, online
and you can always buy direct from Chris at the shows.
Steve White, Dallas Digital, has been working like a mad man updating the
Chris Cook Music web page. There has been lots of changes and more to
come. Go take a peek. Thanks for all your hard work, Steve.
Be on the look out for the Chris Cook Music Fan Page! Three ladies have
been working hard to form a
Chris Cook Fan Club! The first person to guess who the ladies are gets a
free Small Town Gone CD.
Email your answer to
If you would like to join
the fan club, simply send an email to
to join. Sign up at one of the shows and get a free poster!
(The poster is the one everyone loves of Chris with long hair and
wearing a white T-shirt.)
The rains came down at the Cabarrus County Fair, but that didn't stop
Chris Cook from playing his tunes! Chris and the
Gootman's Sauerkraut Band graciously shared the inside stage to stay dry.
Chris sang his heart out to a small, but mighty
audience! Hats off to the Sparks and Kendall families for sloshing
through the mud and ooze to hear good music...
and lest we not forget ole Eaglimom! You are all the bomb! Thanks for your
October is going to be an exciting month with radio interviews and travels
to more Small Town Gone promotional events. Tune in to WGWG 88.3 FM
Boiling Springs, NC and say "Hello" to Nancy Owen and the rest of the
gang. Visit the station at
. Give a big shout to all
the good people at WSGE 91.7 FM Dallas, NC
http://www.wsge.org. It's radio
stations such as these that keep our music alive. Call and request Chris
Cook songs and listen in to see how you can help the stations by just
making small contributions...keep the small towns churnin', burnin'
earnin'! Keep the Chris Cook music spinning!
Chris will be traveling to Nashville on a business trip the first week in
October. He will be back to his ole stompin' ground at
T-Bones on the Lake, Clover SC October 7th - 9th.
The big event for October is the Kingstree SC BBQ and Craft Festival.
This will be small town at its finest. This annual event is South
Carolina's 2nd largest festival of its kind. Chris will be performing on
Saturday, October 16th with Zack Bowen (Drums), Steve Garrison
Guitar), Tim Conard (Bass) and Ashley Allison (Fiddle). It's going the be
a good show, so try to make it down there. Kingstree is near Sumter,
SC...not such a long drive. So, if you were rained out at the
Cleveland fairs, drive on down to Kingstree and help keep another small
town event alive!
Chris will float on down to the Florida Keys and join up with a few fellow
pickers at Hog's Breath Saloon October 18th - 24th. He'll be back
out the month at one of his favorite places - Rodi's in Gastonia. Chris
will perform at Rodi's October 29th. By the way, if you missed Chuck
Brodsky's performance at Rodi's on Saturday, September 25th, you missed a
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- By: Parke Puterbaugh
Chris Cook was raised on country music, spent his teen years
rocking out, and then re-embraced his country roots in his
twenties. Now, at 31, Cook is emerging as a formidable Country and
Americana-oriented artist with Small Town Gone. It
highlights his abundant talents as a singer and guitarist, and as
a songwriter with a knack for cutting right to the bone. There’s
nothing superfluous on Small Town Gone. Every word and note is a
purposeful expression of truth in regard to such
close-to-the-ground subjects as relationships, hometowns, old
coats and guitars, and even Uncle Sam.
The first thing you’ll notice is the voice. Cook is a singer’s
singer with a delivery that’s pure and natural, unforced but
expressive, relaxed but full of inner fire. In finding his own
voice, Cook has taken cues from favorite singers on the country
side (George Jones, Merle Haggard, George Strait) and the
blues-rock realm (Paul Rodgers, Jimmy Hall, Lowell George). You’ll
hear a bit of Jackson Browne’s earnestness and Jimmy Buffett’s
laid-back whimsy, too.
In Cook’s opinion, “The most authentic country singer of the last
15 years is Alan Jackson. He doesn’t try to copy anybody, he’ll
tell you where is roots are, and he’s not faking it.” That
unvarnished honesty is a hallmark of Cook’s own work. Small Town
Gone is the product of a small-town boy who’s traveled the world
and come back home with a sharpened perspective on life and love.
Cook was born and raised in Belmont, North Carolina, a small town
outside the big city of Charlotte. “I’ve been living on the same
street all my life,” says Cook. “I’ve been in my home for 15
years, and before that I lived about five houses down in my
grandmother’s home.” At the same time, Cook has seen the four
corners of the world. Under a program overseen by the Department
of Defense, he spent considerable time entertaining American
troops as a member of country and rock cover bands.
Cook toured Asia for months with a Top Forty country group called
Arizona Star and then formed a classic-rock outfit that played
bases across Europe. “They’d give us our orders, send us over
there, and we’d work our tails off, sometimes six nights a week,
all one-nighters,” Cook recalls. “We did a lot of remote places
where the guy that greeted us would say, ‘You’re the first
entertainment we’ve had in eight months.’ They were hungry for
Cook has performed in locales as far-flung as Greenland and
Guantanamo Bay. While down in Cuba, he began writing two of the
cornerstone songs on this album, “Small Town Gone” and “Home.”
With the kind of wisdom that comes from experience, he sings,
“Traveled all over the globe/Swerving all over the road/And the
one thing I know is there ain’t no place like home.”
By the same token, he realizes that all is not well at home,
either. “Small Town Gone” laments the strip-mall sprawl that has
been sadly engulfing small towns and open land from sea to shining
sea. Cook has a message for those who have been killing off our
communities: “Stay away from here, keep your money in the
city/We’ve got everything we need/It won’t be long and it’ll all
be gone/We’re the last of a dying breed.”
“Small Town Gone” was inspired by what Cook saw happening in his
hometown, but the message is universal. “I think it’s got a lot of
appeal, because anybody can relate to it,” he says. “It’s one of
my favorite songs. I like the whole album, but ‘Small Town Gone’
and ‘Home’ strike a nerve with me on a personal level.”
The album was produced by Jim Brock, who also played drums and
percussion. Cook credits Brock with convincing him to focus his
talents in the studio. “He’s the one who said, ‘Hey, man, you need
to be making records!’” says Cook. They cut Small Town Gone at
Brock’s Kingswood Oven studio, so named for its lack of air
conditioning. “He really made the album as listenable as it is,”
adds Cook. “He’s got a golden ear.”
Renowned multi-instrumentalist David Johnson judiciously added
fiddle, dobro, mandolin and steel guitar to the basic tracks.
“He’s like a one-stop shop for country and bluegrass,” Cook
chuckles, “and he did a great job on my record. I think he enjoyed
playing on it because the songs are well-crafted. I take a lot of
pride in using as many chords as I can get my hands on to make the
songs more interesting. I don’t like to have just a three-chord
song. The guitar’s got hundreds of chords on it, so why not find
them and use them?”
Small Town Gone is actually Cook’s second album, following
Heartless Road (2001), a self-released CD that sold over the
Internet and at shows. Cook describes that debut album as “a lot
more country-rock oriented. Guitar, sax, keys, piano, a lot of
harmonica and slide guitar. I love the sound of slide!”
Heartless Road was co-produced by Randy Scott and Richard Piatt at
Front Porch Studio in Wesley Chapel, NC. Cook credits them with
helping get his career off the ground. “They were really the first
ones to display an honest interest in me and my material,” he
says. Piatt, a noted engineer who Cook met through a Los
Angeles-based publishing company, introduced him to Scott. “Randy
immediately took a liking to my songs and offered me my first
opportunity to get some of them on tape,” says Cook. “I am forever
“I’ve been real fortunate to have a lot of positive people around
me that are real supportive,” he adds. His earliest boosters
include his mother and grandmother, who he recalls singing to him
and his sister when they were kids. Cook also cites his
grandfather (“Pop”) and Uncle Randall, who played a little guitar
around the house and exposed him to such seminal influences as Don
Williams, Merle Haggard and George Jones.
These days the hard-working Cook performs anywhere and everywhere,
averaging 200 dates a year with and without a band. He’s
particularly proud of his unaccompanied sets. “I’ve got a strong
solo act,” he says. “I play acoustic guitar, stomp a tambourine
with my foot, blow harmonica and sing. It keeps me working!”
Small Town Gone deserves to establish Chris Cook as a remarkable
vocalist and guitarist who takes a fresh approach to homespun
sounds. Insofar as the pesky matter of genre is concerned, ‘I
think I have no choice to but call Small Town Gone a country
record,” Cook concedes with a laugh. “That’s where it’s going on
the shelf. Still, I feel the record is as much Americana as it is
country. To me, it’s kind of a mixture of country, folk and blues.
It’s roots music.”