Alan Cook

A Dynamic Crowd Pleaser

Alan Cook revitalizes the music of the last century and takes listeners on a journey through time. He has a knack for being able to "read a crowd", and the ability to touch the hearts of a diverse group of listeners.

Primarily accompanying himself on guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, or fiddle, he is a dynamic and colorful musician, Cook is able to transport his listeners back through their memories of childhood. Specializing in American roots music of the 20s-60s, including Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Johnny Cash. Beyond his ‘roots’, Cook shows great versatility, apparent as he performs 60s and 70s pop, such as The Beatles, Roy Orbison, and Paul Simon; 90s rock, such as Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, and Nirvana; and the contemporary Zac Brown Band, Ed Sheeran, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Cook has also been known to pull off solo renditions of songs by artists usually out of bounds for the solo performer, such as CSNY, Yes, or Megadeth, as requested by audience members. Cook also writes his own songs, blending his myriad musical influences.

Nursing Home Montage - Alan Cook
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Last Dance with Mary Jane - live at Lubec Brewing Company - Alan Cook
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Beneath the Mystery - Alan Cook
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Brewery Montage - Alan Cook
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Legion Hall Montage - Alan Cook
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

— Carole Donovan, Director of Music in the Library Concert Series at Peabody Memorial Library, Jonesport, Maine

"His captivating tenor voice, expert handling of the guitar, and engaging personality wowed the audience. We all hated to see it end."

Alan Cook was surrounded by live music from his time in the womb. Hailing from a musical family, he was steeped in music throughout his childhood. His father taught him to play guitar, and extended family would join together for jamborees at the Cook Pavilion in Tinker Hollow, New York. This was where Cook learned the essence of music.

During his teens, Cook's musical interests broadened from the Appalachian and classic country tunes of his upbringing, to rock, reggae, blues, jazz, metal, techno, and so on. Practically, every genre was explored and dissected. Years were spent experimenting, composing, performing, and recording with many bands, sometimes working behind the mixing board as the soundman or recording engineer. A musical philosophy was formed that concluded that all types of music have valuable qualities, with elements that may be interspersed. The integration of these elements is inherent to every Alan Cook performance, as he slips in and out of genres, effortlessly.

Cook moved to Downeast Maine in his 20’s, and has since become a musical icon in this area. From the moment he arrived, he has been performing continuously, and has gained a local reputation for excellence. In 2006, he was welcomed aboard as music faculty at University of Maine at Machias, a position he has held since. From 2015 to 2018, he operated Coastal Soundwaves, a music store, and launched his freelance music teaching. He has taught hundreds of people to make music in rural eastern Maine. Countless more have enjoyed hearing him perform at local Legion halls, breweries, churches, public parks, and private celebrations.

Biography

Contact for booking:

Alan Cook

phone: (207) 263-4714

email: coastalsoundwaves@hotmail.com

mailing address: 924 Cutler Road, Machiasport, Maine 04655

Upcoming Performances:

(207) 263-4714

Headquartered in Machias, Maine

©2018 by Alan Cook.