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To start, Andy Cook’s bio is difficult to write, but only for the reasons his story would make a great novel.
Fortunately, there’s no need to wait for that novel, Mr. Cook has had the good sense to memorize all these
elements of his strange life and present it here, in his latest album “All Turns Blue”. It’s important not to give too
much away; you’ll have to listen to know the whole story. A pop-y, yet soulful, rock and roll ensemble with an
unarguably independent vibe— When this album comes on your car radio, these songs are the kind which make
you reach for the volume dial, not the button for station change. With this in mind, there are only a few details
which this album leaves out and this bio must attempt to capture.
First it should be known that Mr. Cook has always expressed and remembered his life through music.
His first guitar lessons were learned from a Blues and Folk musician from his hometown, Oberlin, OH and after
arming himself with this outlet for memory, Andy Cook then discovered the drive to start his musical career early
with the creation of his first band, Johnny Psycho, a project which met with quite a bit more success than a typical
high school group and gave Andy a taste for bigger things. After graduation, Andy caught that old “west-ward”
wandering bug and moved with his new group, Ghost Town Trio, to Los Angeles, C.A. Once in L.A, Andy decided
to broaden his musical abilities by studying audio engineering at the S.A.E Institute. L.A proved to be a good town
for Andy, Ghost Town Trio earned the title “Best Rock and Roll Band” from the Los Angeles Times in 2006. He
got the chance to see everything he’d just learned in school come to life while working with engineer and
producer, Beau Fletcher (Devendra Banhart, A.F.I) on a few of their recordings.
California, however, did not prove to be the end of Andy Cook’s traveling. His tours with Ghost Town Trio
eventually lead him back home to Ohio where he recognized both his affection for wandering coupled with a need
to found a group which could explore sound-lands outside of his familiar rock and roll playground. So was born
“Andy Cook and the Wanderloons”. To ensure his band would always be in pursuit of ever-changing sounds, Andy
founded his group on the idea that the musicians would also be ever-changing. With this freedom, Andy was able
to self-produce his first album “Sing Dionysus” in 2010 and launch into several years of regional and nation-wide
tours. When home, Andy continued to hone his recording skills through working relationships with producers
Mike Seifert (Nicholas Megalis, Bone-Thugs-In-Harmony) and Eric Cronstein (Saintseneca, The Sidekicks,
Currently, Andy Cook resides in Columbus Ohio where he has been creating and maintaining a work
space for his projects in a warehouse dubbed “The Final Frontier”. Here, and at Eric Constein’s studio “The Tone
Shoppe”, Andy has crafted the recordings for “All Turns Blue”, as well as prepared several multimedia art pieces
to supplement the album. For everything that happens next, you’ll just have to watch and listen.