- Nursing Home Montage
- Alan Cook
Montage of Live Nursing Home Concerts
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.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
— Lisa Smith, activities director Marshall Health Care, Machias Maine
"We love to have Alan come to our [nursing home] and actually have families that come in to sit with their loved ones and listen to him."
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. In 2015, he opened Coastal Soundwaves, a music store where he also offers music lessons. 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.
A Northeast tour is being planned for the months of May and June, including travel from Maine to New York. If you would like to support Alan Cook with this venture, please consider booking him for a performance!
Contact for booking:
cell phone: (207) 263-4714
mailing address: 924 Cutler Road, Machiasport, Maine 04655