Eli Cook will point his vehicle north come two weekends from now and be excited about meeting new people.
The solo trip from Virginia to Syracuse won’t be so bad when there’s a guitar in the back, songs in your heart and the tradition of a style of music to modernize and keep alive.
And all those new people to meet when you park your car.
I wrote a piece about the 29-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist for livespaceentertainment.com. Show promoter Tom Honan has visions of making the site a meeting spot for people who love all sorts of music, and this is my first freelance article there.
You can read the story by clicking the link below.
The deep-voiced and hard-thinking Cook was an interesting conversationalist.
“I love to reach out to new people,” Cook said over the phone last week, while he was taking a break between two separate rehearsals. “I think I’ll stop in Scranton to meet some people, fans and faces that I already know.
“But we’re all really buddies with the blues,” he said. “We bought the same records, so to speak. We love the same Stratacasters. The same E Majors. We have that in common right away.”
No, he’s never been to Syracuse before, and he knows the event is called the Snow Plow Music Festival. But life is a journey, isn’t it?
“You never know what to expect,” Cook says.
Snow Plow Music Festival Details
Eli Cook plays in Syracuse Feb. 20 as part of the first Snow Plow Blues Festival at The Palace Theatre on James Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m.
Also on the bill are Syracue bands Los Blancos, the Carolyn Kelly Blues Band and Phil Petroff and Natural Fact, as well as the Woodstock area performers Professor Louie and the singer from his band Crowmatix, Miss Marie.
Tickets are $20.
They’re available at Sound Garden in Armory Square and online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1258137.
Here’s a link to my story here about the Snow Plow Blues Fest and Winterfest.
Here’s a link to my waer.org story about the Snow Plow Blues Fest.
Here’s a YouTube video of Eli Cook performing in concert.
Are you a fan of the blues music tradition? Who are your favorite blues performers? What are your favorite classic blues songs? Please explain.