Edmonton, AB, CA
Venue Address (Get Directions)Pump House Concerts
Date and Time
Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at 6:30pm
Music at 7pm
Details on http://www.scottcook.net.
Edmonton, Alberta's own prairie balladeer Scott Cook is a tirelessly traveling songwriter who brings honesty, humour, years of roads and a deep love of humanity to his songwriting and storytelling. His straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, blues, reggae and soul influences, whether stripped down to fingerpicked acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele, and foot percussion, or backed by his 5-piece band The Long Weekends. He has been making a full-time living at music since 2007, traveling the continent while living out of his van, and is currently touring in support of his third solo album, Moonlit Rambles, which Edmonton reviewer Fish Griwkowsky likened to "a conversational bottle of Jack passed around a dawn fire, everything burning just right." Music, photos and hobo travelogue can be found on www.scottcook.net.
"Scott Cook bridges topical songs with spiritual themes, all with a gentle, personal and unrushed delivery. Listening to his music gives relief from the pace of today's world; his songs comfort on the one hand; and wake us up to something essential, on the other."
-Julie Miller, CFLX radio
"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 Winner
"Very listenable tones with sharp and well-crafted lines. Cook has a creamy and beguiling voice but luckily he backs it up with the musical goods... Wry, sweet and witty, it's heavily Loudon Wainright-inspired, with jaunty tunes and some Cajun musical embellishments for good measure. Love it."
-Hazel Davis, Americana UK
"Earthy, organic, acoustic sounds without the fluff. This guy sings and plays good ol’ down to earth, real Canadian music. Great vocals with some tasteful instrumental work and darn good song writin’.”
-John Wort Hannam, Kerville New Folk winner & presenter, South Country Fair
"His voice is Tom Waits, his sensibilities are Bob Dylan, Kerouac, and Walt Whitman, and his music is a mixture of folk, rhythm and blues, country, bluegrass and reggae. Being a writer as well as a musician, his songs are rich, atmospheric stories about his geographical and philosophical journeys... His music has the ability to transport one instantly to a space of campfire-lit, creek-dipping radiance. Listening to this music is perennially serendipitous - like one is chancing upon a well-traveled old soul by the fireside, whose stripping-away-the-veneer knowledge of the world is never jaded, but always innocent."
-Monica Chattaway, CKUA radio
"Cook shows himself to be a deft poet with an ability to deliver his songs in easy-on-the-ears musical arrangements that owe their lineage to the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Charlie Pride... This One's On The House establishes Scott Cook as one of the better traditional-style Country singer/songwriters working in Nashville or otherwise. Cook still lives the lifestyle of a road-warrior, speaking with a grit and authenticity that is rarely captured anymore, much less lived."
-Wildy Haskell, Wildy's World
Mike Vial is a Michigan singer-songwriter with the lyrical direction of James Taylor and the musical style of John Mayer. In the spring of 2011, he left his teaching position of eight years to pursue music full-time, playing over 80 gigs regionally in the Midwest. The Lansing State Journal named his EP a “must-have” for 2011 in their top ten releases and his new EP made the top download list in December at Noisetrade.com. Mike’s gift of literary stories blended with accessible melodies and traditional instruments gives his fresh music a classic sound.