Cooking up some country fun: The music of Elizabeth Cook

January 23rd, 2012 at 5:03 am

Elizabeth CookLook up Elizabeth Cook online and it will tell you she’s a country artist.

That’s true — and she plays at the Grand Ole Opry (one of country music’s oldest establishments) to prove it.

But she’s also a fearless songwriter who is not afraid to talk about family troubles (her father spent time in prison).

Her songs fall beyond traditional country radio stations, but she falls neatly into the category of road-weary nontraditionalists alongside country music past. Or, to say it another way, even with blonde hair and makeup, she’s much more Johnny Cash than Taylor Swift.

Cook, chatting before a gig in Colorado, told me about her place in the country music world in a recent interview. You can read that story here. [Note: Subscriber content.]

Cook is busier than ever, both on the road and off. She’s the host of a show called “Apron Strings” on Sirius XM satellite radio’s Outlaw Country channel and she tells me she is working on acting on voice roles. All this while she continues to tour, like she will when she passes through Arkansas for two gigs: one Wednesday (Jan. 25) at Second Street Live (7:30 p.m., $25) in Fort Smith and Thursday (Jan. 26) at George’s Majestic Lounge (9 p.m, $10) in Fayetteville.

See you at the show.

Bonus — Here’s Cook doing “All The Time”:

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