A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada's Scott Cook has distilled the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse.
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".
Scott has already completed three tours of Australia, including talked-about performances at Woodford, Cobargo, Candelo, Newstead, Illawarra, and Yackandandah folk festivals. This year he's returning with his acoustic trio the Second Chances (Bramwell Park on banjo, mandolin, guitar and harmony vocals, and Melissa Walker on upright bass and harmonies) for another tour in support of his sixth album Further Down the Line.
Cook is one of the hardest-working troubadours on the road today, averaging over 160 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.
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"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 Canadian songwriter
"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
"One of the finest Folk albums of the last 30 years... This needs to be heard by as many people as possible. The lyrics are heart-felt. The arrangements are beautifully sparse, and they highlight Scott's voice. This is pure, accessible folk. Settle in, and listen to the beauty of this project. You won't be sorry!" - Dan Joseph, CKWR radio
"Lyrically I think he's up there with the likes of Prine or Smither as well as contemporaries like Adam Carroll and (fellow Canadian) Old Man Luedecke. He has a snappy, witty, unpretentious way with words... There's an easy, laid-back feel to the album as if the songs came effortlessly. They're not lightweight though: 'Song For The Slow Dancers' and 'The Lord Giveth (And The Landlord Taketh Away)' are the standout tracks, both with a strong thread of politics running through them... It has the feeling of someone retelling their favourite stories... incredibly powerful. Remember that Prine fella I was talking about...? Yeah, that one." - No Depression
"★★★★. Rich in plainspoken, poetic expression... Unapologetically honest words and music crafted from a keen observer's perspective" - Donald Teplyske, Lonesome Road Review
"These are the kinds of songs that keep the modern folk tradition alive." - Frank Gutch, Jr.
Posted by Lillian Stuart on Mar 11th, 2017Fantastic show last night!! The 3 of you were a pleasure to watch and listen to.
Loved it. Was on a high all the way back home.
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