Cook is a jewel, not an “I’m from Alaska,
I yodel and write shitty poetry that I later turn into shittier songs” kind of
a Jewel. No, she is a sparkling wonder
with delicate beauty disguising the power and roughness underneath; blending
the vocal leanings of Loretta Lynn and Lucinda Williams, she is both girly and
ballsy all in the same package. As the
host of SiriusXM Radio’s “Apron Strings”, she champions artists in the music
spectrum ranging from The Carter Family to The Cowboy Junkies and that
diversity carries over into her work on her latest EP.
music has always been a lynch pin in country music and on Gospel Plow, Cook and her crew celebrate those roots, drawing from
the joy that came from playing the Strawberry Music festival’s gospel Sunday
Brunch; their decision to record some tunes in the holy vein has wholeheartedly
paid off. Stacked with covers from
varied genres, the ep seeps redemption
and a longing to get right with the man upstairs.
Willie Johnson’s “If I had my Way I’d Tear This Building Down” has a power that
threatens to not only wreck the building but burn it, sift the ashes and cast
them to the wind. “Every Humble Knee
Needs to Bow” is the evangelic brother of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s boggy
rock and roll. Cook not only draws from
blues and country acts like Vern Gosdin (“The Other Side of Life”) and the
hillbilly rock of Marty Stuart (“Hear Jerusalem Calling”) but, she visits
proto-punk with the most shining track on the record, The Velvet Underground’s
“Jesus.” With “Jesus,” Cook makes sure
Lou Reed’s dark, reflective, dirty spirit remains firmly in place while
sprinkling just enough of her in to let the listener know not all is lost.
mere seven songs, Gospel Plow is a nice, soulful sermon. Too bad, it wasn’t a full-blown revival.
DOWNLOAD: “Jesus” “The Other Side of Life” DANNY R.