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.