Eli Cook grew up on the blues: Muddy
Waters, John Lee Hooker, the Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Mississippi John
Hurt. He first picked up the guitar when he was fourteen, and began his own
performance career playing vintage blues, gospel shows, and revivals in Nelson
County, Virginia when he was fifteen. (Braving the Blues, Lynchburg News and
Advance, Jan. 9, 2003, by Theresa Boyd) His first electric trio, The Red House
Blues Band, was formed in 2002 while a junior at Monticello Highschool. Eli was
called a ‘blues phenomenon’ by reviewers in near-by Charlottesville: “Featuring
fast-fingered guitar and a powerful voice beyond his years, Cook doesn’t need
any Robert-Johnson-style pact with the devil to take him to the top.” (Eli
Cook’s Red House Blues Band, by Matthew Hirst, C’ville Review,
In 2004 internationally reknowned blues
bassman Steve Riggs joined Eli’s rhythm section, a veteran of the blues circuit
who had played and recorded with Muddy Waters, Jimmy Vaughan, and many others,
and under whose tutelage Eli recorded Moonshine Mojo, his first full-length
recording, which has become a collector’s item today.
The following year Eli returned his
attention to classic acoustic blues. Influenced by the songs of R.L.Burnside,
Bukka White, and Son House, he recorded Miss Blues’es Child at The Sound of
Music Studios In Richmond Virginia in a single autumn day, playing a borrowed
12-string and his own old Gibson, accompanying himself with a kick-drum or a
tambourine tied to his boot. Patrick McCrowel, a talented friend from Greene
County, stopped by to sing harmony and pick banjo on a few cuts, spontaneous and
unrehearsed. Eli called it “…blue, blue, blues;” reviewers called him “…a
young gun with an old soul…storming through banged-up slide guitar romps,
tackling the storied form with the mean streak of his generation’s metal men.”
Independently released in 2005, Miss Blues’es Child was released internationally
by Valley Entertainment on the Sledgehammer Blues label in
power trio to play and record his original work: a young, wildly talented local
drummer, Jordan Marchini, who was playing for the gothic metal band Bella Morte,
and a hard-rock/progressive bassist, Eric Yates, who could execute and elaborate
on the complex and difficult basslines Eli’s music required. They began
performing and recording in January of 2006, and released the finished album,
ElectricHolyFireWater, in January 2007. (Nothing to Be Blue About, The Hook,
spreading. His band, christened ElectricHolyFireWater, opened for legendary
guitarist Johnny Winter, Room Full of Blues ,and Shemekia Copeland. He chose
African percussionist Darrell Rose to perform with him on The Millennium Stage
at The Kennedy Center, electrifying an audience of 300 with his own special
brand of African Rhythm and American Blues, and he opened for B.B. King solo at
The Paramount Theatre in February of 2007.
on his next solo recording, a personal musical effort that would take three
years to complete. During that time, his Double-Barrel Blues Show, an hour of
acoustic vintage blues, followed by an electrifying night with his band, became
a staple at Madam’s Organ, the most elite blues club in Washington, D.C. He
opened solo repeatedly for Blues Master B.B.King on the east coast. His band
and acoustic shows stunned the audiences at Floydfest, and he performed annual
sold-out concerts of obscure Classic Hendrix Works.
fourth recording “Static in the Blood” a lush, R&B studio recording with
roots deep in gospel and blues and elegant guitar work of every hue and shade.
The album is a paradise of contemporary styling all done the unmistakable Eli
Cook way. Citing influences as diverse and as Kid Rock and Jay Z, Eli
continues to introduce the Blues to the listener of the new century.
Today, Eli Cook performs nationally,
and Miss Blues’es Child, first released more than 5 years ago, has taken
permanent residence on the internet radio blues charts.
For this show, Eli brings us his solo, acoustic blues performance. The show starts at 8pm/$7.
Listen at www.elicook.com