"...the best blues singer of this generation." --All Music Guide
...Named "one of the top
three solo blues artists in the
-- Blues Matters Magazine
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The legendary Son House was known to say “Blues is a feelin’”. Eli Cook’s music expresses that same raw honesty in a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, creating an original sound at the fore-front of modern Blues and Rock.
Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice, while playing every hole-in-the-wall bar that could handle his electric power trio. Blending the influences of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Fred MacDowell, Bukka White and Lightning Hopkins with the likes of Clutch, Soundgarden, C.O.C, and Rage against the Machine, he forged a fresh sound, alive with the southern blues tradition.
Eli recorded and released his first two albums between 2004 and 2007: the all-acoustic, original-roots album “Miss Blues’ Child” on the Sledgehammer Blues label, and a heavy blues-rock release “ElectricHolyFireWater”. During this time he was invited to open for B.B. King on King's east coast tour. Since then, Eli has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Parliament-Funkadellic, Gary Clark JR, Roomful of Blues and many others. In 2008, Eli released his third self-produced album, “Static in the Blood", a modern R&B/Rock crossover project featuring ornate experimental studio production. The follow up album, “Ace Jack & King", a return to roots-blues and heavy guitars, received critical acclaim. The All Music Guide proclaimed that Eli could be “the best blues singer of his generation.”
In 2013, Eli signed with LA-based label Cleopatra Records to begin work on his 5th studio album, featuring guest appearances by rock legend Leslie West of Mountain, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Reese Wynans of Double Trouble, Vinny Appici (Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio) and Tinsley Ellis. The album was released in Spring 2014.
An Evening with Eli Cook
Named one of the top three blues soloists
in the world by UK's Blues Matters Magazine,
Eli gives an intimate acoustic performance
of concert hall quality on steel resonator, 6-string, and 12-string guitars.
The Eli Cook Blues Band
When Eli's electric guitar and rhythm
section play the great Blues Standards, its
so fresh and exciting you'll fall in love with
blues all over again!
Hendrix: Classic Works
Selections from the rich Hendrix repertoire.
Experience again the hits and discover new
jewels seldom heard. Pieces played solo
on the acoustic 12-2tring for which they were
written is a high point of the evening.
Master Classes and Workshops
"Having a workshop and concert on the same day
is no easy task, yet Eli did it effortlessly. Eli's teaching style was not only very educational, he also provided 'one-on-one' sessions, ensuring every student had improved skill. At no point was the session rushed
nor any of the students marginalized. The extremely positive response from the students has us convinced to offer this event again."
"During the concert Eli connected with the crowd, was entertaining and charming in spite of imperfect
conditions. The synergy between the musician
and fans was evident. Eli's patience, humor, and passion for music make him such an ease to work
with, we are looking forward to hosting him for
many years to come."
Kim Soerensen Executive Director
Plays the Blues
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“The raucous foot-stomping, and the roar of our audience’s standing ovation
at the end of the night told us Eli Cook was the perfect headliner for the blues festival
at our performing arts center. There is a reason why the whispers about Eli Cook’s
prowess, style, and skill as a blues rock guitarist are getting real loud. He can flat out
play. Plus, Eli’s a gem to work with and a real gentleman to boot.”
—Steve Duchrow, Director of Performing Arts, ECC Arts Center, Elgin,Il
“Eli Cook is nothing short of a phenomenal performer. Add his great musicianship
and his amazing Blues stage presence to seal the deal. We are very happy to welcome
Eli back to Theater at Lime Kiln for the second year in a row. “
-- Tony Russell, Executive Director, Theater at Lime Kiln. Lexington, VA