“Lean, mean, gritty demeanor” – American Blues Scene
“ALL NIGHT THING”
3 Song EP – Out June 5
Guitars blaze amid powerhouse – Southern songwriting to usher in the most exciting chapter yet for the young Blues rocker.
Eli Cook draws a line between blues-rock-grunge on new music: and it’s wicked.
“I want this record to sound like John Fogerty and Billy Gibbons forced Scott Weiland to listen to Chuck Berry and Bill Haley records for a week and then had a jam session. It’s meant to be a call back to the earliest era of blues-based rock ‘n’ roll, yet undeniably influenced by the latter gods of Southern songwriting. And as always, the grunge giants that embody extreme attitude and energy because it has to have the swagger to the nines and make people move compulsively.”– Eli Cook, 2020
All Night Thing is the new three-song EP from Eli Cook, the tall, lanky guitarist with golden guitar fingers and a voice of the past. The new songs are full of swagger and tall tales of love, lust, and guitar riffs to outlast Keith Richards. The blues haven’t left Mr. Cook; he’s still got ’em; they just went and got hitched with country and rock in the middle of the night.
This three-song EP (out June 5) was produced by Eli and Mike Moxham recording at a home recording studio in Virginia with Mike Poole mixing. The album was mastered by Eric Conn (Garth Brooks) at Independent Mastering in Nashville, TN. All songs are written by Eli himself and all the guitar/bass parts along with Nate Brown and Chuck Crenshaw on drums.
Over the years, Eli has always been known for two things; his singing voice and his guitar playing both are aging well. Both talents have grown over the years, and his perspective has always been different, a little tattered, filled with observational humor, a little wordplay, and a whole lot of truth. Eli cites the Bible, Shakespeare, and the gaze of the Mona Lisa in “All Night Thing,” and he always goes back to what the women want: a little bit of attention:
“Mona Lisa with your grin, my knees are weakening, I give up
Your temptations got my patience wearin’ out and feelin’ rough
Picture perfect, yes indeed it’s true
But your reds will leave a fella blue
And I knew you would be trouble, but I didn’t know just how much.”
“Sweet Jane Octane” is about a high drama female that he had a hard time shaking off. It’s got a blues shuffle, a country melody, and rocker’s attitude:
“She was a non-stop, trip-hop, psychedelic cold shot
She left me rhythm and blue
I was a laid-back Cadillac; she broke me in the first act
What in the world could I do?”
With the stripped-down “Miss Treatenest,” he references some old slang for watches and time; ‘Elgin Movement, ’ which is cited in “Walking Blues” from Robert Johnson when describing women and their bodies as to have ‘Elgin Movements’ – curvy, famous and clockwork.
“I don’t want no lovin’, that ain’t soul to soul
But these all-night ladies just wanna rock and roll
They got Elgin Movement from head to toe
Before I see them coming, they already out the door.”
Born and raised at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in VA, Eli started young, and by the time he was 18, he was playing church revivals, “juke-joints” and opening up for B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Robin Trower. He has been spending the good part of these past three years playing live, solo, or with his power trio.
Press has been kind to Eli, from Guitar Player to No Depression to Elmore to Blues Music Magazine as well as Maverick overseas and much more. He’s a delight on the radio interviews, and of course, live shows are where Eli piles on the food on plates for his listeners.
“lean, mean, gritty demeanor” – American Blues Scene
“raw, robust vocals” – Elmore
“fittingly pockmarked voice and virility on guitars, Eli Cook sizes up the old blues music he so clearly values” – Downbeat
“Catches fire and respects the traditions. Quite a story for sure, but Cook’s righteous vocals and anthemic guitar work proves this 31-year-old can play with the best.” – Glide
In the fall, Eli will release his eighth album called Black Water Rise, so over the next few months, there will be singles and videos to tease his fans along the way.
Eli comes from the crossroads of blues, the highways of rock and the backroads of country, and with his gritty voice, there ain’t nothing like it. His guitar prowess includes pickin’, slidin’, and strummin’ from a Fender to a National Resonator Tri-Cone; he amazes the traditionalists and scares the modern players.