Eli Cook

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: April 24, 1986    

Eli Cook

Eli Hudnall Cook was born in Nelson County, Virginia on April 24, 1986. He grew up in a world of “old cars, chain-saws, and guitars” in a Blue Ridge Mountain hollow where radio still reigned, and telephones and television failed. Eli began playing Gospel at revivals when he was 15, and still never forgets to “take you to church” at some moment in his performance today.

Eli describes his music as “blue, blue, Blues.” Phil Reser, of BluesWax describes Eli as “a young gun with an old soul who storms through slide guitar romps, tackling the Blues, and sounding like his generation's Son House or Elmore James. He's not just playing the same licks as his mentors, but adding his signature sound and style to the art of the Blues.”...
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” I listened to Eli Cook and was amazed by his powerful performance. There is a clear connection between his style and that of Fred McDowell.” --- Bill Ferris, Author of “Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues”.

“Singer and guitarist Eli Cook settles into the rhythm of the blues with surprising presence and warmth, something quite rare among the younger exponents of 12-bar music. His performances on Miss Blues'es Child attest to his high regard for forefathers like Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell.” -- Frank-John Hadley 2007 Keeping the Blues Alive Journalism Award Winner

“Natural and convincing, (Cook) has what it takes to be the best blues singer of his generation…” -- All Music Guide

“Twenty-year-old prodigy Eli Cook is a revelation. With a voice as rich and graveled as his by-gone Delta-blues predecessors and guitar work that most musicians couldn’t hope to master through decades of intensive training, Cook’s debut release feels more like an unearthed Southern masterpiece than the recordings of an underage white boy .” -- LGLP at On Tap Magazine, Washington, D.C

“Simply put, Miss Blues’es Child provides ample evidence that Eli Cook is a major talent, following in the footsteps of Gregg Allman and Joe Cocker as a white man who can truly sing the blues…” -- Hittin’ The Note

“Over the top of the crushing riffs one can hear guitarist Cook's roots in Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Jimi Hendrix...Equally adept at slide guitar, Cook evokes the spirit of Elmore James in modern form.” -- Keith Langerman, Nightwatcher's House of Rock

“Eli Cook is a young gun with an old soul. The 20-year-old storms through slide guitar romps tackling the Blues and sounding like his generation's Son House or Elmore James. ...His deep, thick, rough voice combines the essence of John Lee Hooker and R.L. Burnside. He's not just playing the same licks as his mentors, but adding his signature sound and style to the art of the Blues. Eli Cook is the youngest, old school Blues musician I have ever interviewed.” ---Phil Reser, Blues Wax

“Cook's raucous take on “Fixin' To Die” shows his mastery of incessant, scratchy electricity. By contrast, the satisfying, seven-minute-long “Trick Bag,” demonstrates his sensitivity to the importance of empty space, something young performers don't usually develop so early in their careers. Eli Cook is a talent to reckon with.” ---Jon Sobel, Blogcritics

“[Eli is] a kid sick with talent and someone with the potential to reinvigorate a tired genre.” --- Jonathan Keefe, Slant Magazine

“Cook sounds as if he was raised at the bottom of the Mississippi Delta (especially on the fine “Terraplane Blues”)…even the timbre of his voice suggests he is not of this era...” -- Pop Matters

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Ace, Jack, & King

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