Who says lightning doesn’t strike twice? In Albany, it’s bound to happen.
Last November, the vivacious Elizabeth Cook wowed a Monday night audience of fervent country and roots music fans with her brilliant mix of originals and choice covers. Last Wednesday night, she brought the energy, endearing banter and must-hear stories back again in dynamic set of 23 songs taped for a future broadcast on WAMC-FM.
Opening with the observational “Times Are Tough in Rock and Roll” from 2007’s “Balls,” an acoustic-toting Cook along with her husband, superb electric guitarist Tim Carroll and upright bassist Bones Hillman from Australia had the crowd engaged. “Don’t Go Borrowing Trouble,” a sultry vocal performance followed, with Carroll channeling Dave Edmunds and Buck Owens on some tasty playing. A quartet of songs from 2010’s acclaimed “Welder” album – “All the Time,” “Girlfriend Tonight,” “El Camino” and the mesmerizing tale of unconditional love in “Heroin Addict Sister” – left many exclaiming, “Wow!” It’s no wonder Cook has played the Grand Ole Opry more than 300 times since 2000.
Yes, she’s a stone-cold country music queen who sings like a cross between Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, and yet she can also gracefully drop a Velvet Underground cover into her show.
Well, Cook is headed back to The Linda in Albany on Wednesday night, and the buzz surrounding her talent has grown even louder in recent weeks. When the Americana Music Association’s award nominees were announced last month, there’s was Cook leading the charge with coveted nominations in all three top categories – Song of the Year (“El Camino”), Album of the Year (“Welder”) and Artist of the Year, as well. The only other artist to garner as many nominations was a guy named Robert Plant. Now that’s pretty heavy company…
Elizabeth Cook returns to The Linda in Albany for another crackling alt-country concert at 8pm on Wednesday. Tix are $17.
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After the first snowstorm of the season hit the Capital Region on Monday, November 8, Elizabeth Cook warmed the hearts of predominately first-time patrons to The Linda with an impressive array of originals and choice covers, good-natured fun and candid banter.
Flanked by upright bassist Bones Hillman and her husband, versatile electric guitarist Tim Carroll, Cook and her acoustic opened with the first three songs from her ’07 album “Balls.” In “Times Are Tough in Rock and Roll”, Cook displayed the gifts that have made her one of the most talked about singer-songwriters in recent memory. A native of Florida, she sings like a hybrid of Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, and writes songs that are vivid, wry and heartfelt – often in the same verse. She may not be a household name yet, but she can call the Grand Old Opry home, having played there over 300 times.
It almost seems cheap to call Guy Clark a songwriter. He’s a novelist or a film director or a poet. It’s just that he works with words and music.
Clark, who celebrates his 68th birthday on Friday, is one of the all-time greats, and backed by longtime guitarist Verlon Thompson, he proved why again on Sunday at The Egg in Albany.
Time is slowly taking its toll on Clark, and he had a mid-show stretch where he had a difficult time of it – false starts on three consecutive songs. But he pulled it together, making those songs – the cubist country of “Picasso’s Mandolin” and the windy “Tornado Time in Texas” – some of the stand-out tracks of the night.
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