Friday, May 16, 2014

CD Review: The Prodigal Blues Son Returns As Eli Cook Acts "Primitive"

Blues singer/guitarist Eli Cook recently released his fifth studio album "Primitive Son" on April 29th through Cleopatra Records. Cook has been hailed "the best blues singer of his generation" and has performed alongside Blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Robert Cray. His new album features a load of guest appearances including Leslie West, Pat Travers, Vinny Appice and others.

The album is an hour long trip into the hard rockin' side of blues that was first introduced back in the sixties by bands like The John Mayall Bluesbreakers and The Butterfield Blues Band. The opener "War Horse" carries a very heavy blues riff and draws influence from classic Led Zeppelin. Cook rocks on "Revelator" with the help of the rhythm section of Vinny Appice on drums and Jorgen Carlsson on bass. The band continues to pound away on the dirty blues of "Sweet Thang," before heading to the folk/blues stomp of "Won't Be Long." Legendary guitarist Leslie West joins Eli Cook on guitar for the burning stomp of "Motor Queen," then Harvey Mandel lends a hand for the aggressive rock of "Shake The Devil Down." Cook returns to the front porch acoustics of "Tall & Twisted," before moving on to the funky blues of "The Great Southern Love Kill," featuring Pat Travers on guitar and vocals. The album closes with the slow, heavy beat of "Burying Ground" that allows Cook to peal off some more great guitar licks.

Eli Cook is currently on tour, which runs to end of May. To find out more about his new album "Primitive Son," please visit

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