HRMS Presents "ELI COOK :: AN INTIMATE EVENING OF BLUES"
Healthy Rhythm Music Services Presents internationally acclaimed American blues singer/songwriter and guitarist "ELI COOK :: AN INTIMATE EVENING OF BLUES" • Thursday evening, October 18th, in The Listening Room of Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery, located at historic Sampler Square (68 S Grand Ave) in downtown Montrose, Colorado!
Advance Main Gallery reserved seating and Studio Gallery General Admission available. After show Meet & Greet with musicians is included. Advance purchase is recommended. This is a ticketless event. Show is limited to 50 concertgoers. Admission is $2 more Day of Show (if available).
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Street and rear lot parking available.
NOTE: A portion of the concert proceeds will go to the family of 5 year-old brain cancer survivor Emily Reiss to help with medical expenses.
Eli was born at the foot of the mountains of Virginia, and with no TV growing up he spent Saturday nights around the radio with local shows and Prairie Home Companion. He picked up the guitar at age 13 after watching his older brother play and began to teach himself. Within two years he was playing solo acoustic guitar for gospel revivals and electric blues in a power trio in local “juke joints.”
A student of several musical tastes, Cook took what he heard on the record player and radio melding it into his own which makes him stand out. At 18 with a bone-shaking growl and bonafide blues guitar chops, he was received by fans and critics as a torch bearer for a slew of historical players, from Son House to Lead Belly to today’s modern players, like Chris Smither and Rory Block.
As the country sounds of Appalachia crept in Eli didn’t flinch; “It didn’t seem unnatural,” says Cook, who was the product of a rural Southern upbringing where people moved easily between genres. “It’s what was around me, and I just tried to pick up on everything and everybody, including Doc Watson and Chet Atkins. In fact, hearing Chet fingerpick made me realize I didn’t need a band.” (Source: Guitar Player 2007)
No slavish dilettante or rusty, dusty blues purist, Cook has internalized his influences, including the rock of Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine, stirring them into a musical cauldron of authentic, timeless music emanating from deep in his soul. “The reason I make a comparison between the bluesmen and the grunge guys is the feeling of authenticity in the expressions of angst that they both convey.” (Source: All About Jazz – May 2011)
His debut Moonshine Mojo in 2004 contained mostly choice classic blues covers. In 2007 both the scalding, blues-rocking Electricholyfirewater and the all-original acoustic Miss Blues’es Child made their appearance. Following were Static in the Blood (2009), an outside-the-box studio production mixing R&B and rock, Ace, Jack & King (2011), a grunge blues blast, and the all-original, explosive trio recording Primitive Son (2014) with star-studded cameos. He has toured to national acclaim, holding his own in the company of blues royalty B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Shemekia Copeland and Gary Clark, Jr. In 2015 he was voted #3 on the prestigious UK Blues Matters Writer’s Poll for Favorite International Blues Solo Artist.
Eli Cook can rain down fire and brimstone in his singing, as well as express touching tenderness while pushing the musical envelope with these eight blues-fueled original tracks and two stunningly interpreted covers. He describes it as “…wanting to get something really representative of what I do now, as three-quarters of my shows are performed solo.”
Cook continues to evolve his musical presentations to accommodate various performance offers that come calling. “I loved to push my presentations in different directions whether it be in workshops, and other venues, with other traditional American roots music elements to have more of an in-depth, cultural content to what I do. But without blues as the integral ingredient, music just ain’t worth listening to in my book.”
“Artists often talk about the blues as a living and growing thing and not just a style of music ﬁt for museums. Cook puts that theory into practice and moves things forward.”- Slant Magazine
Eli Cook is a triple threat of a musician with fingers of gold on the guitar and a grit-filled voice that whispers, screams and seduces with powerful songs. Catch all the news for his newest album HIGH-DOLLAR GOSPEL on his social media platforms and at www.elicook.com.
HEALTHY RHYTHM MUSIC SERVICES
Healthy Rhythm Music Services (HRMS) is an arm of Healthy Rhythm Creative Group. The mission of HRMS is to Identify, Manage, Enhance, and Promote Indie Artists and Bands who have a deep commitment to a career in music as their primary focus.
HEALTHY RHYTHM ART GALLERY
Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery (HRAG) is about Art and Music. The Gallery affords diverse individuals a user-friendly space to create, exhibit, and sell a variety of artwork. The Gallery, located at 68 S Grand Ave in Montrose, Colorado, also houses an intimate Live Performance Venue. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Advance appointment only on Sunday. www.healthyrhythm.net
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*There are no refunds or exchanges for this show. All sales are final. The only exception to this policy is if a show is cancelled. In the event of show cancellation, seating purchases will be honored when the show is rescheduled. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled show, your seating purchase will be refunded at the point of service minus any fees that may apply.
Photo 1: Courtesy of Rhonda Pierce
Photo 3: Courtesy of Clara Castle
Photo 4: Courtesy of Drew Stawin
Photo 5: Courtesy of Kaya Lee Berne