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.
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
Willing to teach
Focused on acoustic blues styles.