The legendary Son House (1902-1988) was known to say “Blues is a feelin’”. Eli Cook’s music expresses that same raw honesty in a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, creating an original sound at the fore-front of modern Blues and Rock.
Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice, while playing every hole-in-the-wall bar that could handle his electric power trio. Blending the influences of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Fred MacDowell, Bukka White and Lightning Hopkins with the likes of Clutch, Soundgarden, C.O.C, and Rage against the Machine, he forged a fresh sound, alive with the southern blues tradition.
Eli recorded and released his first two albums between 2004 and 2007: the all-acoustic, original-roots album “Miss Blues’ Child” on the Sledgehammer Blues label, and a heavy blues-rock release “ElectricHolyFireWater”. During this time he was invited to open for B.B. King on King's east coast tour. Since then, Eli has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Parliament-Funkadellic, Gary Clark JR, Roomful of Blues and many others. In 2008, Eli released his third self-produced album, “Static in the Blood", a modern R&B/Rock crossover project featuring ornate experimental studio production. The follow up album, “Ace Jack & King", a return to roots-blues and heavy guitars, received critical acclaim. The All Music Guide proclaimed that Eli could be “the best blues singer of his generation.”
In 2013, Eli signed with LA-based label Cleopatra Records to begin work on his 5th studio album, featuring guest appearances by rock legend Leslie West of Mountain, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Reese Wynans of Double Trouble, Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio) and Tinsley Ellis. The album was released in April 2014.
SXSW Music Festival - Austin, TX
The Kennedy Center - Washington, D.C.
The Howard Theatre - Washington, D.C.
The Hamilton - Washington, D.C.
B.B. King's Blues Club - New York, NY
Springing the Blues Festival - Jackson Beach, FL
Briggs Farm Blues Festival - Nescopek, PA
Norfolk Jazz Fest - Norfolk, Va
Blues, Views & BBQ Festival - Westport, CT
Colonial Beach Blues Festival - Colonial beach, VA
Madam's Organ - Washington, D.C.
Floydfest - Floyd, VA
The Paramount Theater - Charlottesville, VA
The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
The Gravity Lounge - Charlottesville, VA
The Southern Music Hall - Charlottesville, VA
The State Theater - Culpeper, Va
Bookings and Information:
CLEOPATRA RECORDS INC.
11041 Santa Monica Blvd PMB #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
Phone: (310) 477-4000
**Eli Cook has shared stages with such legends as BB King, Taj Mahal, Johnny Winter, John Mayall, Robin Trower, Tab Benoit, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray, P-Funk, Room Full of Blues, Sonny Landreth, and others.
Snake Charm - State Theater, Culpeper VA
Tall & Twisted
Carolina - The Southern, Charlottesville VA
Catfish Blues / Gasoline
I Don't Live Today - The Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville VA
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