Friday Night: Elizabeth Cook At McGonigel's Mucky Duck

Elizabeth Cook (first set) McGonigel's Mucky Duck March 11, 2011

Rocks Off always appreciates a country artist who comes by their tales of low lives and high times honestly, and Elizabeth Cook certainly qualifies. The offspring of a mother who honed her musical skills in Appalachia and a father who served time in a federal penitentiary for running moonshine for the Mob, Cook's disarming stage presence and deceptively sweet between song banter occasionally masks the depth of emotion and - sometimes - pain in her songs.

Playing to a standing-room crowd at the Duck Friday night, Cook plus guitarist/husband/co-songwriter Tim Carroll and ex-Midnight Oil bassist Bones Hillman played a lengthy set that relied heavily on material from her latest release, Welder, and was well received by the crowd, even though some (your reviewer included) had to cut out due to a curiously extended intermission between sets.

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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