Scott Cook at Meeting House Presents
A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada's Scott Cook has managed to distil the stories collected over twelve years touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave threads of folk, roots, blues, soul and country over spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements. His fourth release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track "Pass It Along" won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him "one of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers". In 2015 he put together a seven-piece honky-tonk band for his fifth studio album, Scott Cook and the Long Weekends Go Long, and in 2017 he released his sixth album Further Down the Line, earning his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, for English Songwriter of the Year. The album is packaged in a 132-page softcover book offering a look back, in words and pictures, on his last decade of near-incessant rambling. Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 150 shows and a dozen festivals every year since 2007. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.
"... Canadian folkie Scott Cook is pretty much anonymous in the United States, but the Edmonton-based troubadour deserves to be on your radar. One More Time Around is Cook's fourth album and hopefully will be the one that expands his profile. Armed with a dusty baritone and trusty acoustic guitar, Cook mesmerizes on these low-key but never boring 10 tunes... Highly recommended."
-Jeffrey Sisk, The Daily News, McKeesport, PA
"Warm mellow vocals are perfectly suited to this slow moody folk music that has strong dashes of country and even a bluesiness that lifts the album above many of its peers. Whilst the instrumentation is of itself sparse, this is absolutely essential and enables Scott to paint his poetically lyrical pictures... There are subtle changes in mood, tempo, instruments and lyrical content that, for me at least, produces echoes of the great Guy Clark and a few other singer songwriters of that quality... The album is beautifully put together and the slow, mainly sparse moodiness is maintained consistently on this lyrically, incredibly detailed album of philosophical as well as practical reflections on life, with an openness and honesty that is rare... A terrific, often thought provoking album that works on several different levels at once."
-American Roots UK
"Scott Cook's latest album is as much a manifesto as a musical work... The Edmonton-based singer/songwriter/visual artist includes extensive liner notes--a dying art to his way of thinking--and cites everyone from Walt Whitman to Woody Guthrie to internet activist Aaron Schwartz to stake out his position against the cultural hegemony that would turn every creative expression into a commodity... However shareable it is, it sounds pretty good as played by Cook and his talented retinue of players and singers, delivered with a gentle, tuneful croon with tasteful trimmings. If it helps you locate it on the folk spectrum, Greg Brown's The Poet Game fits in seamlessly with the slate of Cook originals that teem with wry observations and hopeful life lessons. Isn't that what folk music is all about?"
-Scott Lingley, Penguin Eggs
". Rich in plainspoken, poetic expression... Unapologetically honest words and music crafted from a keen observer's perspective"
-Donald Teplyske, Lonesome Road Review
"No joke, Scott Cook's One More Time Around brought a few tears to my eye. We listen to music because it either gives us Feelings or helps us process the Feelings we have. But great musics takes those Feelings and asks us to change our outlook on life completely. Ladies, and gentlemen, Scott Cook... Whether it's a political statement or a simple love song, every single track on One More Time Around is an absolute masterpiece."
-Rachel Cholst, Adobe and Teardrops, UK
"Scott Cook espouses the hippie dream by living in his van while he tours extensively with his musical message. He is a politically sensitive humanist who sings of weighty and worthy topics. There are ten pages of narrative in the lyric booklet before we get to the song lyrics and it is true to say that Scott wears his heart on his proverbial sleeve... A veritable lucky bag of different flavours and surprises await the listener over these love songs and personal philosophies on life and living. Call it folk, roots or country music, all tracks are beautifully stripped down and played at a very intimate level that invites the listener in. I am pleased to have discovered this artist of real substance."
-Paul McGee, Lonesome Highway
"The past six years have found him roaming the backroads of North America rather like a 21st century Woody Guthrie, releasing the occasional low-key album along the way to delight the growing coterie of fans who've been charmed by his beguiling vocals and relaxed finger picked guitar work. "One More Time Around" is Scott"s fourth self-styled "love letter to the world," and stand-out tracks such as "Pass It Along" and "The Poet Game" should help to win a whole host of new converts over to the Alberta based performer's refreshingly human cause."
-Kevin Bryan, Northamptonshire Telegraph, UK
"There's nothing flash about Canada's Cook. He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own... He has a good eye for imagery, a gentle human touch, a wry sense of humour, a whole lot of integrity, a warm, rugged voice and a bunch of memorable lines... Truly one of Woody Guthrie's children."
-David Burke, R2 Magazine, UK
"Scott has an immensely listenable, warm voice. And as he showed with Pass It Along, the jazzy Use Your Imagination and the lovely Time With You, he is a talented songwriter who pens exquisite but sometimes quite hard-hitting songs."
-Keith Clark, The Bristol Post, UK
"One More Time Around is a more stripped-down collection than its predecessor, Moonlit Rambles - the acoustic and electric guitars, upright bass, piano, fiddle and dobro all provide subtle sonic scaffolding for Cook's delicate finger-style picking and clawhammer banjo playing, and, more significantly, his thoughtful narratives. On 'Pass It Along' he starts out talking about a guitar and ends up with a stark warning about where our avarice will lead us... 'New Grist' finds Cook singing about how the old tunes have been made new again, a metaphor maybe for how we need to reconstitute those values that once served us well. The title track, meanwhile, is a reminder that fulfillment lies not in the material but in the spiritual"
-David Burke, R2 Magazine, UK
"One of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers... beautifully written lyrics, intricate chordal patterns and a refreshing plain-spoken vocal clarity... there isn't a bad song on here. "
-Emily Saxton, Maverick Country, UK
"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
"A pretty damn fine relaxed, rootsy, fingerpicked collection of thoughtful and melodic songs, delivered in an easy on the ear warm, woodgrained voice that's evocative of Cockburn, but also with traces of Guy Clarke, James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot."
-Mike Davies, NetRhythms, UK
"Protest - speaking with a true voice - is always worthwhile, and who knows what might grow from small seeds? Scott Cook sounds like the kindly voice of protest as he joins forces with those seeking a new way."
-John Davy, Flyin' Shoes
"With his gentle finger-picking and whispered vocals like wood-smoke in an autumn dusk, Edmonton, Alberta's very own prairie balladeer reminds one of a lumberjack Mississippi John Hurt. Scott's own "Pass It Along", was the highlight of the evening and, with its message of the lifecycles of things we use and places we belong, is sure to become a Letham Nights anthem."
-Letham Nights, Scotland
"Cook's easygoing, hardworking-hippy ideology is the sinew in every song here, from an ultra-sentimental tribute to his grandfather Ray to a killer honky-tonk jingle called "The Lord Giveth (and the Landlord Taketh Away)." Cook might get a little too romantic - you almost feel like you're intruding into a shared sleeping bag, but as one of the most genuine writers making music in town there's no question he means every word... Moonlit Rambles is like a conversational bottle of Jack passed around a dawn fire, everything burning just right. To get to know it is to know a good man and his well-worn guitar. "
-Fish Griwkowsky, SEE Magazine
"I didn't really know what to expect, especially when he appeared on stage looking more at home on the beach than performing to a packed crowd in the historic town hall on Saturday afternoon. But once he stepped up to the microphone, I was captivated by the majesty of his storytelling, as he weaved together tales of life on the road to missed chances and losing those you love. There were many highlights of Cook's performance but Pass It Along, which took out the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest in the Acoustic and Folk Category, Use Your Imagination and Go On, Ray were standouts for me. Certainly this is an artist I will be looking out for in the future, as well as exploring his back catalogue of albums."
-Caroline Russo, HushHushBiz
"You know when you've been on the road for what seems like forever and you're finally on the last few miles until you're back home? The sun is starting to set, the other passengers are asleep, and you know you're just about there? That's what Scott Cook's music sounds like."
-Rylan Kafara, The Past Is Unwritten
"Most musicians are known for their non-stop work ethic, but Scott Cook is in a league of his own." -Eric Bowling, Westlock News
"North Country Fair superstar Scott Cook will also give the proceedings some of his thoughtful, local musical parables." -Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal
"Canadian folk troubadour Scott Cook spent six years in Taiwan teaching and playing music before diving headlong into full-time musicianship. Since leaving our shores, the man described by David Burke of R2 Magazine as "one of Woody Guthrie's children" has been irrepressibly on the move, touring constantly through North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Cook is a throwback to the uplifting, foot-stomping, rubber-to-the-road folk tramps of yesteryear, halting tour activities only to seek occasional solace in the quiet of the country to write songs for another album -- a rare true believer with an unwavering faith in music as life-changing catharsis."
-Joe Henley, Taipei Times
"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 Wainwright-inspired, with jaunty tunes and some Cajun musical embellishments for good measure. Love it."
-Hazel Davis, Americana UK
"Edmonton-based songwriter Scott Cook belongs to that fine tradition of traveling minstrels like Woody Guthrie... it's a good solid disc he's produced himself with lots of good players... Cook is definitely a writer to keep an eye on. Strong, decent stuff."
-Barry Hammond, Penguin Eggs
"Basically, this is exactly the kind of act you'd be happy to stumble down the hill or through the birches and hear at a music festival... warm like a campfire, familiar like the lake down the road... deep-thinking, introspective stuff"
-Fish Griwkowsky, The Edmonton Sun
"...The album, Cook's third to date, continues to keep the listener engaged with a bunch of songs that mean something. Described as a 'new love letter to the world', Moonlit Rambles doesn't ramble exactly, rather it shines a light along the path.
-Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky Music Magazine, UK
"Scott Cook goes to show you what talent and a banjo can do; in fact he shows that a man with talent and a banjo can make far more beautiful music than something shiny and blitzy and over produced... a deep lush vocal that makes a song a story every time... beautifully constructed tracks of patchwork quilt stories within an entirely concrete and realist perspective... As memorable as Waylon Jennings, but without the country twang... undeniably genuine... Each song is unique but equally as caressing, soothing, and memorable as its predecessor."
-Kindah Mardam Bey, AnE Vibe, Toronto
"By the time the Anglers took the stage, emotions were already running high. As entranced bodies bobbed up and down, the room became filled with a mass of swirling hair and excited hands pointing upwards. For a band separated by vast distances for the better part of the year--frontman Scott Cook makes a living teaching in Taiwan while bassist Darryl Els commutes between Alberta's dusty plains and his home in South Africa--they delivered an incredibly tight set that lit up the Sidetrack. Cook's spot-on reggae vocals had a way of latching on to your cerebral cortex, sending universal shivers coursing through your spine until your feet answered the call. Coupled with Els' pulsating acoustic bass lines, Cook's roots-tinged reggae songs spread smiles through the crowd as quickly as the common cold (which they both probably caught as they performed the whole set in true exotic fashion, barefoot).
-Francois Marchand, SEE Magazine
"Earthy, organic, acoustic sounds without the fluff. These guys sing and play 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
"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.
-Hero Hill, Halifax
"Scott Cook and the Long Weekends were a big hit with our Rose City Roots Music Society. Talent, authenticity, charisma, energy and great sound combined for the perfect mix that delighted our audience. Their infectious folk and reggae stylings, tremendously high level of musicianship and captivating stage presence make it impossible to take your eyes off this band once they're cookin'. Without a doubt, Scott Cook and the Long Weekends would be an excellent addition to any line-up, and suitable for any venue or crowd. We certainly look forward to having them back again. If they're coming 'round your bend, be sure not to miss them!
-Rose City Roots Music Society, Camrose, Alberta
"Long Way To Wander resonates with a Dylan-esque verve, a Waits-ian post-modernity, Cook baring his soul in public for all to hear. The songs mostly revolve around Cook's strings - guitar, banjo, ukelele - and his low, booming voice... His observations are spot-on and often funny, and places and people come to life vividly, whether Cook is singing about his grandmother in Alabama or about being lost somewhere in the middle of Asia... Long Way To Wander represents a huge leap forward for a singer-songwriter who has many more stories to tell."
-Francois Marchand, The Edmonton Journal
"Scott's life imitates his art and this talented traveling troubadour lives in a borderless world. He has an eye for the absurdities of the human plight and an ear for putting it all to music. Scott's lyric content appears to be the soundtrack to his own life, yet his poetry reveals truths of the shape all our lives have taken in today's increasingly complex world. When Scott performs, live and on record, there is a surfeit of breathtaking moments along with scattered flashes of hummable brilliance- in a three to four minute format. Book him. He's cool."
-Kirby, publicist, Ramparts Entertainment
"The charismatic Cook, sporting his trademark mutton chops, performed his frontman duties well, getting people moving. The rest of the band help up their end as well, laying down a solid, infectious groove."
-Adam Goring, Banff Crag & Canyon
"Scott is a pretty big guy with a wide smile and an extremely friendly state of being. He and his band The Second Chances took the stage and instantly had the audience in the palms of their hands. I was astounded at the amount Scott has traveled, and how his stories so easily rolled off his tongue. Hes a born storyteller, and the material and themes in his music are incredibly relatable. Hes been a long time favourite of Arts Wells Festival of All Things Art, and for good reason." -Dan Tait, Gonzo Okanagan
"There is no better place to take a break and relax from the madness than with a couple hundred friends sitting on the grass listening to Scott Cook weave his tales of life on the road. Each song is like a short story with moving, intimitate descriptions of places and faces and states of mind."
-Alita Rickards, Waakao, Taiwan
"Edmonton's Scott Cook has spent more than a decade as a full-time road warrior, armed with his trusty acoustic guitar, averaging 160 shows a year in venues across Canada, the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia. Along the way, Cook has never stopped writing, translating the experiences of road life into engaging songs that highlight his deep sense of honesty and humanity... The affable trio are pros when it comes to engaging audiences and getting folks to smile or maybe even sing along. Lyrically astute and undeniably warm, part of Cook's gift is his unwavering positivity, even as he delves into complex subject matters. This is a man who has seen a lot, and with any luck he'll continue to share as he continues on down the road."
-Calgary Folk Music Festival
"These are the kinds of songs that keep the modern folk tradition alive."
-Frank Gutch, Jr.
"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-winning songwriter
"I dont know which is more impressive, the music or the 132-page book of lyrics, observations and photographs that accompany it and document Canadian troubadour Scott Cooks decade of globe-trotting and the experiences that came with it. Fortunately, you get both. Working with his acoustic trio The Second Chances and a smattering of other collaborators, he recorded it live off the studio floor. Its a departure from the honky tonk rowdiness of his last album, and sees a return to his earlier, starker and stripped back sound in its exploration of hope, despair and heroism, expressively delivered in his wearied dusty tones... This album kicks hard."
-Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK
"On Scott Cook's sixth album, Further Down the Line, his songcraft has reached a beautiful maturity, each take sincere, authentic and meaningful. Thematically compassionate, it suggests that there's hope amid the bleakness, in uplifting tales from across the globe, given clarity by Adam Iredale-Gray's uncluttered recording... The accompanying lavish booklet oozes artistic generosity too, brimful of songwriting tips, guitar chord charts, and pictures from Cook's enlightening, inspirational trip of discovery."
-David Innes, RnR Magazine
"This Canadian troubadour's CD is a veritable work of art: 120 pages of beautiful photographs, mingled with eloquent ruminations on life - something Scott Cook calls his 'love letter to the world'. Taking a leaf out of Woody Guthrie's book with the title track, Cook's lonesome vocals ride over his guitar and banjo, as he recalls his travels and ponders 'aren't some people just famous for being famous?' Honesty isn't in short supply: humanity shines out of Scott's songs like the gentle 'Alberta, You're Breaking My Heart' and on 'Dogs and Kids'. In the sea of singer-songwriter angst, Scott's happy vibe is a welcome ray of sunlight."
-Acoustic Magazine, June 2017
"Scott Cook could be called the Stompin' Tom Connors of Alberta. He's been all over the place and back, and written a song about it. With his newest release Further Down the Line, he's done his best to sum up all the roads he's walked in a booklet. This series of stories and pictures is full of heart and reflection... Further Down the Line does not tell a singular story, but offers a collection of moments and feelings unto themselves. It's many years of living on the road, many years of words, and many years of memories... His song lyrics seem more like a poetic philosophy than just words."
-Trent Wilkie, Vue Weekly
"Scott Cook's latest album Further Down the Line is a beautifully put together object and intrigues even before listening to the music. The 132-page booklet is full of beautiful photographs from Scott's travels around the world along with notes and lyrics, which are displayed alongside numbered-style chord charts. Before putting the CD into the player, I thought to myself that anyone who has put this much effort and expense into the packaging and liner notes must have made music that is equally thoughtful and carefully constructed and that is certainly the case. This is Cook's sixth album and marks a decade of playing music full-time and travelling. He is a skilled songwriter with an active imagination... Cook describes the album as 'another love letter to the world' and that is an apt summary. He mentions injustice and political insanity, but it is tempered by images of hope and beauty. Five stars."
Country Music People
"As hard-working a DIY songwriter as any in the game... A Scott Cook song contains the extra work done by a carpenter who cares. Work the carpenter doesn't have to do. Work only other carpenters will likely even notice... One of the best songwriters this country has. A working artist who's taken enormous risks in order to make something which offers strength to anyone who takes the time to listen... I believe that over the years this album will prove to be a benchmark in Canadian folk music, as well as a signpost pointing the way for younger artists. I believe that young songwriters will write better songs because of it."
-Corin Raymond, Raymond Unrushed
With a musical metabolism all his own, laidback Canadian Scott Cook has a disarming honesty, a genuinely humanistic soul bordering on innocence that is hard to resist. A perfect example is "Dogs and Kids" in which the artist observes humbly, "I'm a better person hangin' with dogs and kids." It's plainspoken, homespun and, well, nice. And while Cook brings an engaging simplicity, he and his cohorts can definitely pick, turning in adroit acoustic performances that keep the home fire crackling. "Your Sweet Time" conjures an intimate, group-singalong vibe, while the humorous anti-macho tune "Get Out The Way" is Cook's good-natured plea for female leadership. Book 'im, folks."
-Music Connection Magazine
"If it were possible to dispense a doctorate in hard-earned musical experience, Scott Cook would be at the front of the line."
-Anna Borowiecki, St. Albert Gazette
"Cooks great concern is for human rights, hence the general well-being of the world figures throughout the record. He holds little back when it comes to home truths. His version of Guthries Walk That Lonesome Valley sees him add three verses; one each is dedicated to unsung American heroes; Sojourner Truth, Dan Berrigan and Chelsea Manning. With the bit between his teeth and some sensitive fiddle, mandolin and wonderful harmony vocals Woody would have truly enjoyed his version. Scotts measured, undaunted style as both a writer and vocally falls somewhere in between Darrell Scott and Billy Bragg, in so much as he isnt afraid to stand tall no matter what in the case of the latter, and there are other American singer-songwriters too. Fans of troubadours Ellis Paul and Chuck Brodsky would be well advised to check out Cook. His well-worked melodies are a true delight from beginning to end."
-Maurice Hope, Americana UK
"Further down the line is the fifth excellent release from the much travelled Canadian singer songwriter Scott Cook. I reviewed his 2013 collection One More Time Around via a downloaded mp3, whereas I received my review 'hard' copy of this album in the post. I mention that because often there is very little information with downloads, but contrarily this album is contained within a 120 page booklet that is packed with goodies such as lyrics to all of the songs, some of Scotts entertaining and philosophical musings and a whole collection of fascinating and beautiful photos, which collectively make the album worthy of purchase even if you don't like the music... His vocals have depth, warmth and are incredibly expressive on this recording on which the generally sparse arrangements and playing are excellent, although to me this is a lyrics driven album that literally demands you listen to the perceptive stories... Scott's guitar playing is exceptional and beautifully compliments his vocals... This is another tremendous album that further boosts Scott Cooks high class catalogue of excellence. The album creates a warm, easy going atmosphere but thanks to the incredible quality of the songs, it is a recording that lifts him way above most of his peers. Add to that the quality of his musings and the stunning photography and this really is an album that you need the hard copy of rather than downloads!"
-American Roots UK
"Edmonton songwriter Scott Cook is the love child of Woody Guthrie and Steve Goodman. No, seriously. One of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers, he's a slightly subversive roots balladeer, applying his wry humour liberally to contemporary issues with keenly observant lyrics, some fierce fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo, and a warm, rugged voice that keeps you hanging on every word."
-Canmore Folk Music Festival
On this fifth album, Canadian Scott Cook has stated his aim as "trying to put the summer on a record". And indeed he has, for Go Long is a jazzy, bluesy, countryish, folky, gloriously sprawling mess of an album. In short, it's one Big Fat Party Album... Go Long is also very funny. Not in a Barron Knights way, but more Half Man Half Biscuit. 'Talkin' Anthropocalypse Blues' is a superb Dylan-style rap over a Johnny Cash backing and 'The Day That You Were Born' had me laughing out loud. A lot. Yes it treats existential crisis in roughly the same way as running out of beer at a party, but then in the face of impending doom perhaps that's the best we can do."
-Jonathan Roscoe, Shire Folk
"Scott Cook's latest evokes the 3 a.m. campfire sound of folkies playing away with lubricated joy after the main stage closes down, with jolts of near-seriousness (Drink Poverty History, Tax Free Money), finding their way among the extended musical jokes (The Day That You Were Born), and wry social commentary (Talking Anthropocalypse Blues). Except that the campfire that Cook and his friends are gathered around has drums, bass, honky-tonk piano, a banjo poking out between the chords, and the occasional doo-wop vocal interjection for good measure. There's also lots of liquid refreshment, as evidenced by the full color booklet showing Cook, his bandmates, and friends playing the outdoor drinking game Beersbie underneath the lyrics. The wooziness is a cover for Cook's playful, barbed wit, whether he's having fun with folk musicians pulling out the same old tired chestnuts at a song circle (Will the Circle Be Unbroken?) or inserting a dating ad disguised as a rollicking country tune (Life for a Wifer). He might be striking a more thoughtful pose on While the Party's Still Going, sending a shout out to recently departed friend (and Alberta musical stalwart) Fred Larose, but somehow it feels as though he's resisting, and there are many more late night campfires in Cook's future."
-Tom Murray, The Edmonton Journal
"A nice package with a thick photo and lyric booklet that seems to reflect perfectly a hot, long-weekend summer afternoon at a riverside Edmonton park playing Beersbie... It's just the sort of music to play on an afternoon like that and his good-natured hoser philosophy shines through admirably... Have one or two beers on a hot afternoon and enjoy!"
-Barry Hammond, Penguin Eggs
"Go Long sees Scott Cook's acerbic lyrics and gravelly vocal tones chilled in a coolboxful of irony... wild child anthem 'Sweet Maddie Spawton' plays out like a classic. 'Drink Poverty History' brings alcohol-induced cynicism and shards of wisdom at the bottom of the glass. Pithy commentary flows to a rollicking rodeo rhythm and orchestrated gospel end on 'Talkin' Anthropocalypse Blues'."
-Bryony Hegarty, R2 Magazine
"With a 64 page booklet, and introductory essay and cover art painted by himself, Scott Cook has clearly put his all into this album. No stone has been left unturned and it is sure to be something treasured by fans for years to come."
-Sammi Walsh, Never Enough Notes, UK
"Canadian Scott Cook's songs carry an air of classic Americana: Song For A Pilgrim is a story of melancholic departures and hopeful journeys, with hushed backing vocals, acoustic guitar, yearning fiddle and mournful harmonica. It is the sort of the song that, perhaps paradoxically, thrives in an enclosed setting. Rustic alt-country is once again the order of the day on Cook's gorgeous fingerpicked love song When We're Back Around, which shows off a tragicomic lyricism worthy of Steve Earle and he displays a similar earthiness in the pensive meditation of New Grist."
-Thomas Blake, Folk Radio UK
"His melodies do somehow paint a wide-screen landscape of the golden prairie, with grasses waving softly in time. It's a place where you can do some darned good thinking... you'll have to give this mature songwriter and performer your full attention. He won't settle for background status. Two of the 10 tracks are ones that will stick in your head long after the CD has ended. "Pass It Along" opens the album and furthers the idea of perpetual continuity. The singer wonders who his guitar will pass on to, when he is gone. "Mama Always Said" advises the listener to "be careful with your love"... One More Time Around makes for good listening, but you have to be an eager participant listener. If your mind and ears are ready, then Scott Cook can supply much musical food for thought."
-Corrine H. Smith, Rambles.NET
"A seriously good assembly of songs and tales with a strong and convincing thread moving through them... For me, it's his songwriting and vocals that tower over this collection. The lyrics reflect honesty, sometime painfully so and the delivery, phrasing and timbre are reminiscent of Jackson Browne and Don McLean to name a couple of fine performers. The opening track is a giant start -- 'Pass It Along' moves from the romance of handing down a precious guitar to a message about the future of our very planet. It's powerful and beautiful."
-Rob Dickens, Music Mainline
Meeting House Presents at the Unitarian Society of Hartford (View)
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Hartford, CT 06105
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