From: VA, United States
Genre: Blues, R&B, Rock
Eli Hudnall Cook was born in Nelson County, Virginia
on April 24, 1986. He grew up in a world of "old cars,
chain-saws, and guitars" in a Blue Ridge Mountain
hollow where radio still reigned, and telephones and
television failed. Eli began playing Gospel at revivals
when he was 15, and still never forgets to "take you to
church" at some moment in his performance today.
Eli describes his music as "blue, blue, Blues." Phil Reser,
of BluesWax describes Eli as "a young gun with an old soul who storms through slide guitar romps, tackling the Blues, and sounding like his generation's Son House or Elmore James. He's not just playing the same licks as his mentors, but adding his signature sound and style to the art of the Blues."
However you describe Eli's music, it has ushered him onto many a wonderful stage: He frequently opens for B.B. King, has shared the spotlight with Johnny Winter, Shemekia Copeland, and Robert Cray, and has performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Today, Eli tours nationally and his recordings are played on radio stations all over the world.
Moonshine Mojo, his debut album recorded in 2004, has become a collector's item
featuring renditions of classic Blues hits like Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy", and John Lee
Hooker's "Huckle Up". Miss Blues'es Child, recorded in 2005, was picked up by New York's
Valley Entertainment on their Sledgehammer Blues Label in 2007 and earned a feature
article in Guitar Player Magazine. ElectricHolyFireWater, 2007 is ranked as one of the best
electric guitar recordings of the year by New York's Axecalibre, and one of the best 100
electric guitar albums of the last decade by La 7e Corde, France. Static in the Blood, 2009, is
a lush R&B studio recording with roots deep in gospel and blues. Citing influences as diverse
as Kid Rock and Jay Z, Eli continued to introduce the Blues to the listener of the new
century. Ace, Jack, & King, Eli's most recent release, has taken the blues world by storm,
and clinched an article on the Hit List of Vintage Guitar Magazine.