13 Tigers Records
This album is called Welder because I have melted and reformed. And because my daddy, Tom Cook, was sole proprietor of Cook’s Welding in Wildwood, FL. We both still strive to leave our mark.”– Elizabeth Cook
Elizabeth Cook latest release Welder is her 5th studio album and Don Was (Rolling Stones, Kris Kristofferson) is at the production helm. Welder also features artists such as Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Crowell and Buddy Miller. Cook writes the majority of the songs on the album except for “I’m Beginning to Forget” that was written by her mother, Joyce Cook, now deceased, and “Follow You like Smoke and “Til Then” by Tim Carroll. The indie folk band, Hem, wrote “Not California,” which Don presented to Cook to consider for the album.
Cook’s mother penning “I’m Beginning To Forget” isn’t the only family connection on the album. Her husband, Tim Carroll, plays guitar and then there is her road family that accompany her on Welder which include, Marco Giovino (Patty Griffin, Robert Plant) on drums and Bones Hillman from Midnight Oil on bass. Since Elizabeth is frequent player at the Grand Ole Opry, she turned to Opry players Tim Atwood to play keys and The Carol Lee Singers on background vocals.
In the world of the cross-over new country artists that blur the lines between pop and country music, Elizabeth separates herself by taking it old school. It’s very evident that Elizabeth Cook draws from older influences in bluegrass, country, and folk music. The old-country sound is most prevalent on Welder. Don’t expect anything pop on this album.
The album is a mix of personal experiences and down-right-out slap stick humor. Its tracks like the über entertaining “Snakes in the Bed” and “Yes to Booty” that shouldn’t be read into, because they aren’t deep, epic tales of love and loss. I really wanted to read more into “Snakes in the Bed,” but that was a severe mistake on my behalf. My brain wanted to pull something dirty from the song, but she really is talking about snakes in the bed!
“Yes to Booty” is a song to encourage beer loving men around the country to say no to beer and yes to booty. I hope it seeps deep into men’s minds because some women are fed up with drunken sex and Elizabeth nailed it on the head (no pun intended): If you slept with a drunk man you understand it’s not that hard/It’s common knowledge ‘round here, if you say yes to beer you say no to booty.
Welder’s more serious tones come from her reflection and tales of her life. She doesn’t hold back in “Heroin Addict Sister” and “Mama’s Funeral.” Welder is actually dedicated to her mother.
Tracks to download:
All the Time
Yes to Booty
Elizabeth is currently on tour and if you can’t catch her in your town check her out on Sirius Satellite Radio Outlaw Country Channel 63 – weekday mornings where she hosts “Elizabeth Cook’s Apron Strings.”
Elizabeth on Tour:
11/04/10 Southgate House – Newport, KY
11/05/10 Rumba Café – Columbus, OH
11/06/10 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
11/07/10 Sportsman’s Tavern – Buffalo, NY
11/08/10 The Linda – Albany, NY
11/10/10 Turning Point – Piermont, NY
11/12/10 Narrows Center for the Arts – Fall River, MA
11/14/10 Sellersville Theatre 1894 – Sellersville, PA
11/15/10 Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
11/16/10 Johnny D’s – Somerville, MA
11/17/10 B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
11/18/10 Tin Angel – Philadelphia, PA
11/19/10 Night Cat – Easton, MD
11/20/10 Kirk Avenue Music Hall – Roanoke, VA
12/01/10 Ashland Coffee and Tea – Ashland, VA
12/02/10 Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
12/03/10 Mockingbird – Staunton, VA