On Saturday, May 8th, Eli will teach a "Roots of Blues Guitar" workshop at Healthy Rhythm from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Cost for the workshop is $35 or $50 for Reserved Gallery Concert Seat and Workshop. Workshop is limited to 15 participants. Concert is Friday, May 7th, 7:30 pm.
All workshop attendees must bring their own acoustic guitar and basic to intermediate skill level is required.
Eli was born at the foot of the mountains of Virginia, and with no TV growing up he spent Saturday nights around the radio with local shows and Prairie Home Companion. He picked up the guitar at age 13 after watching his older brother play and began to teach himself. Within two years he was playing solo acoustic guitar for gospel revivals and electric blues in a power trio in local “juke joints.”
A student of several musical tastes, Cook took what he heard on the record player and radio melding it into his own which makes him stand out. At 18 with a bone-shaking growl and bonafide blues guitar chops, he was received by fans and critics as a torch bearer for a slew of historical players, from Son House to Lead Belly to today’s modern players, like Chris Smither and Rory Block.