LONG WAY TO WANDER
Scott Cook is a folkie. Yes there may be other influences to the work on Long Way To Wander, but the heart of this music is good old, lyric driven folk. You know that from the opening song Fish Jumpin, and Cook stays true to the form the rest of the way.
Cook hails from Edmonton, but has spent the last several years in Taiwan, so you get a feeling where the CD title comes from, but in the end he gets back to his Canadian roots, and his songs tell Canadian stories. My Grandma is a beautiful song of family, and life working in northern Alberta, and is perhaps the best song here.
That said, Cook really is consistent in his music here. It's comfortable and rings true to the Canadian experience.
It could be simply a case where Cook is mature enough to let the music speak for him. This is acoustic driven material, Cook switching back and forth between guitar and banjo with a practiced hand on both.
The lyrics tell stories, and Cook, who wrote all 11-cuts, performs them with a crystal clear, friendly voice. As a listener you simply want to pause, sit down, and listen to what this performer has to say, and that is the measure of great folk music.
And, make no mistake about it, this guys has put together one of the better folk CDs to cross this desk in quite some time. He would be great in an intimate coffee house, or even a soft seat venue such as the Anne Portnuff Theatre where he could have a near musical conversation with the audience. Folkies, find this one – it's great.
Check Cook out at ww.scottcook.net
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 30, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada