Scott Cook | Moonlit Rambles

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Moonlit Rambles

by Scott Cook

The third album from the Alberta-based DIY troubadour. Mellow fingerstyle grooves, plain-spoken vocals, real stories for all the ramblers.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. Song for the Slow Dancers
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2. Goin Up to the Country
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3. Let Your Horses Run
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4. High and Lonesome Again
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5. A Million Miles
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6. The Lord Giveth (and the Landlord Taketh Away)
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7. All My Moonlit Rambles
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8. Time With You
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9. Go On, Ray
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10. Song for a Pilgrim
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Edmonton troubadour Scott Cook is a busy man. Between booking, promoting and playing over 150 dates a year, touring back and forth across the continent while living out of his van, he's somehow managed to release 3 full-length albums in the last four years. His third, Moonlit Rambles, to be released April 29th, shows the prairie balladeer in fine form, deepening his craft and raising the stakes.

As on his previous offering, This One's on the House, Cook took the helm on production, with the help of engineer Mr. Smith at Sound Extractor Studios in Edmonton. Familiar musical collaborators Jesse Dee, Jacquie B, Dana Wylie, Thom Golub and Jason Kodie are joined by Gavin Dunn, Matt Blackie, Adam Iredale-Gray of Victoria's Fish & Bird, Michigan's Seth Bernard and Mark Lavengood, and west coast troubadours David Newberry and Miss Emily Brown. There are touches of electric, acoustic and tenor guitars, accordion, fiddle, organ, and pedal steel, but at the heart of things is a mellow fingerstyle groove and a plain-spoken clarity that's rarely heard these days.

The first track, “Song for the Slow Dancers” rings out like an opening shot. On the one hand it's an indictment of the fake music that commercial radio continues to push down the public's throats, and a death knell for an industry facing its own extinction; on the other, it's a celebration of what music can be, has been, and indeed still is, well away from the big lights, the celebrity gossip machine, the genre-specific cliches, and the endless pretence—a conduit for truth, change, inspiration, healing, and community:

“I've heard songs that told me I am not alone / that the only life for me to live is my own
songs that held me in the palm of their hand / and spoke to me in words that I understand
clear as the moonlight, clear as a straight answer / play a song for the slow dancers.”

Cook quotes Woody Guthrie in the liner notes, and swears allegiance to that same straight-shooting tradition. The songs on this disc cover a lot of territory, exploring the tensions between love and leaving, between solitude and community, and between escapism and engagement. Cook even ventures into political subject matter with a scathing take on the financial crisis entitled “The Lord Giveth (and the Landlord Taketh Away)”, and also touches on the changing times in a biographical piece about his recently-deceased grandfather called “Go On, Ray”. On the whole, the album sees Cook taking on bigger challenges as a songwriter, and delivering in surprising ways. There is no fluff to be found here.

Folks say:

"Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on." -David Francey, 3x Juno winner

"Edmonton-based songwriter Scott Cook belongs to that fine tradition of traveling minstrels like Woody Guthrie... definitely a writer to keep an eye on." -Barry Hammond, Penguin Eggs

"Basically, this is exactly the kind of act you'd be happy to stumble down the hill or through the birches and hear at a music festival... warm like a campfire, familiar like the lake down the road... deep-thinking, introspective stuff" -Fish Griwkowsky, The Edmonton Sun

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