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.
However you describe Eli's music, it has ushered him onto many a wonderful stage: He frequently opens for B.B. King, has shared the spotlight with Johnny Winter, Shemekia Copeland, and Robert Cray, and has performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Today, Eli tours nationally and his recordings are played on radio stations all over the world. Moonshine Mojo, his debut album recorded in 2004, has become a collector's item featuring renditions of classic Blues hits like Muddy Waters' Mannish Boy, and John Lee Hooker's Huckle Up. Miss Blue'es Child, recorded in 2005, was picked up by New York's Valley Entertainment on their Sledgehammer Blues Label in 2007 and proceeded to take the Old School Blues world by storm, earning a feature article in Guitar Player Magazine