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Eli Cook: Primitive Son

Keeping the blues alive.

Virginia blues guitarist Eli Cook certainly has friends in high places, and they’re clamouring to appear on his fifth album: Mountain’s Leslie West, Pat Travers, Vinny Appice and plenty more all pop up on Primitive Son.

It’s understandable too. With a style that plants him between the classic blues greats and the tougher edge of bands like Soundgarden, he builds a warm, jam-band feel that sounds organic while still showing off his enviable skills as a guitar player.

The rolling, soulful High In The Morning, with its lush backing vocals, gives a sense of true collaboration among like-minded people. Timeless stuff created by a scholar of the genre.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.