THIS ONE’S ON THE HOUSE
Scott Cook is a veteran Canadian musician with a series of CDs dating back to 1997.
In 2007, Cook released Long Way to Wander, and I had the pleasure to review that disk, and I liked it a lot, giving it a 9-out-of-10.
So expectations for This One’s On The House were rather high.
For the most part Cook manages to carry the expectations. The lyrics are strong from start to finish. The heart of an old time troubadour beats in this guy’s chest.
The ability to pen a great song for Cook is also firmly rooted in folk music, although he does expand on that.
Lucky Star has a bluesy sound carried by some nice harmonica work.
Then on The Dirt On Your Heart has a throwback country sound.
Cook maneuvers through a variety of roots influences here, and handles them all well.
Vocally, Cook was meant to sing this sort of music. There’s just a touch of grit in his gizzard, and he uses that to come across as real.
As for songs Shady Grove is the best here. Excellent.
The result is a great disk, which I highly recommend, although it does come up just a hair short of the Long Way to Wander.
Check it out at www.scottcook.net
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb 3, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada