Thursday, August 14, 2008

Quick hitters:: Scott Cook

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I'm not sure how most people spend a Sunday afternoon, but mine are usually filled with the subtle smells of coffee and relaxed conversations housed by roots music that is played louder than you'd think the day required. If you listen to Scott Cook's record - Long Way to Wander - I would bet his often move at the same slowed pace.

This Edmonton story teller can transform a few picked notes on the guitar, uke or banjo into a personal experience. He turns phrases and tells stories that seem to have been passed on from friend to friend since the dawn of time. Playing cards, kicking the hack or zipping sleeping bags together to share the night with someone; these are the simple things that we've all done and with Scott's gruff voice (he reminds me a lot of another grizzly voiced, melodic Canadian, Dan Magnan) contrasting the gentle riffs on tracks like My Grandma, you can't help but feel like you've been right there beside him on those long days where the only thing left to do was do nothing at all.

Scott's known for his work with the reggae infused outfit, The Anglers, and his outlook on life reflects the peaceful nature you associate with reggae artists, but this record shows him making the welcomed move more towards Waits inspired folk poetry - especially on the bluesy Moonlight Avenue - that uses diction and simplicity to create amazing pictures.

So why am I bringing this up? Well, because you can spend this Sunday afternoon with Scott. He's playing a matinée show at Gus' Pub (2-4PM) with Steve Gates & Zac Crouse of Caledonia.


Scott Cook - Fish Jumpin'
Scott Cook - My Grandma
Scott Cook - Moonlight Avenue

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