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Elizabeth Cook + Dead Rock West
Friday, September 22nd, 2017
These artists appearing Sept. 22 at Don the Beachcomber have plenty of alt-country cred, and both performances will be special showcases for their unique voices. Elizabeth Cook was introduced to a musical life at an early age - her mother and father performed in honky-tonks in Florida. She has collaborated with a who's who of singer-songwriters: John Prine, Jason Isbell, Steve Earle, Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller and Dwight Yoakam. She appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman five times, performed over 400 times on the Grand Ole Opry, was a 4-time Americana Awards nominee in 2010 and voices a character on Adult Swim's Squidbillies. Cook also hosts a beloved radio show on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country channel, called Apron Strings, an outlet that affords the freedom play music she loves and speak her mind. And speak her mind she does, as anyone who has seen her humor shine through, in such off the wall venues such as the Outlaw Country Cruise where she judged the shipboard Beard Contest along with fellow travelers Sarah Gayle Meech and Rosie Flores. She pulled no punches on that stage, and the audience was completely taken with her unassuming zingers as she reduced the macho men to marshmallows. As for her new album: “If anything, (Exodus) is a pledge of allegiance for the bad girls and the Homecoming Queens who got caught in a scandal. It’s a bill of rights, and a testimony for those good girls who got away with more than they should have." NPR Music just deemed Elizabeth a "treasure" of the Americana scene, and the album is on Rolling Stone Country's most anticipated 2016 albums list. "Listening to this batch of 11 new songs, it's as if she's emerged from a dark night of the soul and felt the need to push against the limits of her expression" says NPR. Dead Rock West Led by vocalist Cindy Wasserman and singer and guitarist Frank Lee Drennen, Dead Rock West specialize in a kind of jangly west coast alt country that slides into pop and punk territory at times, a bit like a clever cross between the Gram Parsons version of the Byrds and L.A.'s X.