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Blue Voodoo

by Mark Cook

Winner of the JPFolks Music Awards for "Best Blues Album of the Year 2006" & "Best Rock Instrumental 2006" for title track. Mark has teamed up with some of the finest musicians in the Atlanta area - A must hear for all blues enthusiast.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. No One Likes A Good Woman (When She's Down)
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2. Gonna Fly The Coop
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3. Moonlight Blues
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4. Doin' What I Do Best
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5. At The Brew House
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6. Back Home To Tennessee
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7. What Was - Will Never Be
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8. Blue Voodoo
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9. Don't Pull Me Down
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10. In A Funk
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11. Sunday Afternoon
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12. Livin' On The Outside
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13. Gonna Live For Today
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14. When You're Feelin' The Blues
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15. Tomorrow's Come And Gone
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mark is the 2 time recipient of the“Just Plain Folks"
BEST BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR for 2001/2002
with his CD releases:
"An Evening With The Blues" & "The Promise Highway."

"An Evening With The Blues"
Received the 2003 "BLEWZZY AWARD" out of Florida.

JUST RELEASED for 2006 the new CD - "BLUE VOODOO"

This new CD brings together some of the most talented musicians to come out of Atlanta, GA all on one disc. This is one hot blues CD!!!!

As stated by John Taylor, Blues on Stage, “Mark is one talented young man.” An accomplished performer on guitar, Mark has performed and recorded with many bands over the years performing all genres of music from Rock, Jazz, Country, and Blues.

Mark has recorded at the Bennett House in Franklin, Tennessee with producer Kenny Mimms, who performed many years with the Marshall Tucker Band and produced the solo album by Jimi Jamison, lead singer from the rock group Survivor. Mark had his television debut when he was featured in a T.V. commercial for radio station 107.5 WZZQ in Indiana.

Mark’s love for writing and recording eventually led him to building his own professional studio where all three albums have been written, engineered, produced, and recorded by Mark himself. The mastering was done by the legendary George Marino at Sterling Sound in New York City.

Mark’s albums have been receiving rave reviews and are being played all over the United States and many countries worldwide. He is in constant rotation on XM Satellite Radio/Bluesville, Sirius Satellite Radio/Blues, as well as internet radio stations such as: Electric Blues, Blues Deluxe Radio, and Radio Free Virgin. His songs have placed as high as #4 on the Blues Top 40 Chart, sharing the top spot with Bernard Allison and Albert King. He continues to place on blues charts everywhere.

For a great start to 2006, Mark signed a licensing agreement with Los Angeles based Noma Music. Noma Music is a well established and credited licensing company that places compositions into motion pictures, TV & pay cable TV, commercials, DVD, and other multimedia productions.

Mark’s band, The Cook-N-Blues Experience, has been entertaining standing room only crowds with the music of blues greats ranging anywhere from Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughn to Jimi Hendrix and Robin Trower as well as many of Mark’s original material.

Visit www.markcookmusic.com to read reviews of the albums and for information regarding tour dates, visit the guestbook page.
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Here is a listing of the artists (and a little about them) that I had the pleasure of playing with on this CD. Some have far too many credits to list them all:

Sean O'Rourke-drums/has drummed for Howard Tate, Pat Travers, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Derek Trucks, Francine Reed, and many more.

Sam Skelton-sax/has recorded with The Gap Band, The Ohio Players, Howard Tate, Matchbox20, Acquarium Rescue Unit, Edwin McCain....

Ric Seymour-vocals/vocalist for the past 12 years for the Wet Willie Band

Joey Huffman-Hammond B3/has recorded with Matchbox 20, Soul Asylum, Keith Richards, Georgia Satellites, Lou Reed, Willie Nelson

Lola Gulley-vocals/has shared the stage with The Pointer Sisters, Bobby Womack, Chubby Checker, Motown Recording Artist

Chuck Bithorn-percussion/has played with Donna Hopkins, Francine Reed, Anthony Papamichael

Larry Griffith-vocals/has played with Sean Costello, Taj Mahal, Susan Tedeschi

Steve Mays-bass/has played with Deborah Coleman, Forrest MacDonald

Andrew Black-vocals/has played with Forrest MacDonald, E.G. Kight

Mike Barry-trumpet/has played with The Gap Band, Howard Tate

Tom Gibson-trombone/has played with James Taylor, Peter Erskine, The Temptations, The Four Tops

Heaven Davis-vocals/has played with Buddy Guy, Walter Trout, Kenny Neal, E.G. Kight, Sean Costello

Steve Rusin-harmonica/endorsed by Hohner Harmonicas/has played on many independent albums


Reviews


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Hunter Modlin

My Review on the "Blue Voodoo" CD
I currently own all three of Mark Cook's CDs and I simply must say that they are phenomenal. Evolving from An Evening With the Blues to The Promised Highway you are able to detect an evergrowing sense of versitility in Mark's style and capabilities. You begin to sense a wider array of musical talent/instruments as the funk just picks up more and more. Now, on Mark's latest CD, he expresses his ability to fuse rock with jazz in order to create a sensational blues sound with minute sections of funk thrown in here and there. The musicianship expressed and allocated throughout these three remarkable CDs is just mind-boggling. A prime example would be the ever so popular song, Promised Highway. Right from the get-go an amazingly well orchestrated variety of instruments smash right on to the scene and are led by a basic yet elegant lead guitar played by the infamous Cook himself. As the song plays for the first 2:17 minutes you get a chance to marinate in the wonderful blues of the Cook experience; until 2:18 minutes when out of nowhere a miraculous and extremely well written rock solo bursts onto the scene with much color and flair. How Mark does it...I haven't the vaguest idea. However, the fact that he is capable of delivering such life to his audience through his guitar is a nautral talent that I myself truly admire.

Dave Kakenmaster

Review on Mark's "Blue Voodoo" CD from Dave Kakenmaster
I purchased Mark's first two albums from CD Baby a while back and have enjoyed them tremendously. Then a month or so ago I received an email about "Blue Voodoo." Knowing how much I liked the first two, I snapped it up also. Mark & Wendy even sent me a signed poster and cover art! Talk about going the extra mile.

But on to the music. I can sum it up best by saying I get the feeling that Mark "nailed it" with this one. You know, the feeling you get when something goes so completely right. I have played this album for others and they all are blown away, asking "Who IS this guy?!" I just hope they all pony up for this album to own great music and to help support independent music.

When you look at the list of musicians on the record it's easy to see how a great talent could pull this off. When you have folks who've played with greats like Howard Tate, well, how great is that?! I have all of Tate's albums, back to "Get It While You Can" and Wow! they are some of the best R&B/Soul/Blues albums of their time. You'll love hearing these guys play on Mark's record.

And now Mark Cook has one of the best for our time with "Blue Voodoo." Not much more for me to say other than go buy it! You won't be sorry.

Best to all, and please keep supporting great music!

Dave Kakenmaster

PS I have no official affiliation to Mark or CD Baby...I'm just a music lover who, with this album, has just heard some of the best new music in a long time.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro

My Review on Mark Cook's "Blue Voodoo" CD
THE MARK COOK PROJECT
"BLUE VOODOO"
WENDSTER RECORDS / MEC JETLAG


Just about a week ago, I did a review of a CD from a band called BLUE VOODOO, now here I am doing a review of a CD, by THE MARK COOK PROJECT, called "BLUE VOODOO". Is this a coincidence or should I be expecting to receive a doll called BLUE VOODOO soon? Hmmmm!

I must admit that when MARK COOK contacted me recently and asked if I'd give his latest release a listen, I was ECSTATIC! I immediately thought back to one of his prior releases that I had reviewed in 2003 and found myself hoping that this new disc would be as good as that one was. As a matter of fact, it was that earlier release - "AN EVENING WITH THE BLUES" - that won the very first BLEWZZY, the award we give annually to Blewzzman's favorite CD of all the CD's reviewed that year.

As Mark usually does, when he assembled this band, he chose from some of the finest musicians in his area, and he chose a lot of them. His ensembles are generally the size of a small audience. Hence the word "PROJECT". The members of this MARK COOK PROJECT, in alphabetical order, are: MIKE BARRY, trumpet; CHUCK BITHORN, percussion; ANDREW BLACK, vocals; MARK COOK, guitar, bass and keyboards; WENDY COOK, porch board; HEAVEN DAVIS, vocals; TOM GIBSON, trombone; LARRY GRIFFITH, vocals; LOLA GULLEY, vocals; JOEY HUFFMAN, B3 organ, STEVE MAYS, bass; BOB MOBLEY, B3 organ and piano; SEAN O'ROURKE, drums; STEVE RUSIN, harmonica; RIC SEYMOUR, vocals; SAM SKELTON, alto, tenor and baritone saxes; TIM YOUNG, bass.

"BLUE VOODOO" is a very tasteful and versatile mix of Funk, Soul, R&B, Roots Blues, Blues Rock, Big Band Blues and good old straight up, lowdown Chicago Blues. The disc contains 15 excellent tracks of which all lyrics and music were written, produced, recorded and mixed by MARK COOK. Amazing!

Although it will be difficult to not name them all, here are some of the tracks that particularly got my mojo working.

If you've got any speakers near a smoke alarm, be very careful as the opening track, "NO ONE LIKES A GOOD WOMAN (WHEN SHE'S DOWN)", comes on. This one's very hot and full of fiery funk. The rhythm section of SEAN, TOM and JOEY is rippin', the horns of SAM, MIKE and TOM are howlin', STEVE'S harmonica's hummin' and LOLA's vocals is the fuse that sets it all off.

There's no indication of anyone letting up, as the heat continues to spread into the next track, "GONNA FLY THE COOP". This one features ANDREW singing his heart out and mixing in lots scintillating scat. The horn section, once again - and as usual - are right there, and MARK and BOBBY are tearing up the guitar and keyboards. What a hell of a one-two punch for opening tracks.

"MOONLIGHT BLUES" brings things down a bit, but certainly not in quality - only in tempo. Once again, LOLA is featured on the vocals but this time she's belting out some good old down home blues, and damn can she belt it out. As you'd expect, there are lots of great blues guitar licks by MARK.

"BACK TO TENNEESSEE", is a very Sonny Terry & Brownee McGhee / Cephas & Wiggins sounding roots blues track which is all about STEVE on harmonica and LARRY on down home vocals.

"DON'T PULL ME DOWN" is another one of those tracks that everyone's tearing it up on, with RIC, one of a slew of excellent vocalists who have sung on this disc, leading the way. MARK, STEVE & JOEY are at their best on guitar, harp and organ.

"TOMORROW'S COME AND GONE", is a steamy and sultry vocal virtuoso performance by HEAVEN & LARRY. This wonderfully done 5 minute track added 75 minutes on this review because I literally listened to it 15 times over. It's songs like this that create a need for "Song of the Year Awards".

"BLUE VOODOO" is the musical comparison to the sky on a very clear and cloudless night....IT'S FULL OF STARS. Never have I listened to a CD and been this impressed with each and every performer. It breaks my heart to know that there are such talented people doing such talented things and the masses will never know about it. On the other hand, I'm thankful that I am one of the those that do.

Eric Moore


KILLER CD MARK !! This comes highly recommended. 5 star rating!

R.Coffman

"Blue Voodoo" ROCKS!
Great job Mark - I love this CD - I give it a 5 star rating and recommend it to all the blues/rock fans out there! Keep the music coming!

Jessica Phillips


The Gods of Blues smile once again with the release of Mark Cook's long awaited third album, "Blue Voodoo". This Blues powerhouse showcases the wide range of Cook's musical talent and vision. Every song has a different feel; from the electrifying rocked out blues to "back-porch" roots. There is even a beautiful ballad with a touch of Spanish passion. This amazing album has the potential to catapult this under-appreciated genre to new heights of recognition!

Kelly Kress

BLUES LOVERS BONANZA!
First we were given AN EVENING WITH THE BLUES, then he led us down THE PROMISE HIGHWAY. Now Mark has cast his BLUE VOODOO spell. Mesmerizing. Hypnotizing us deeper with each track. Masterful mix of styles, vocals, instruments, and arrangements. It's all here for the TRUE BLUES AFICIANADO.

You want THE BLUES? You GOT IT right here! Mark Cook has done it again.

There’s only one place for this CD to go…straight to the top!

Barney Quick

Blue Voodoo review
Hey Mark, your new CD "Blue Voodoo" is fabulous! You've never played better, the arrangements are classy as can be, and the whole thing is just what the music world is starved for. This is the kind of classic American music - steeped in soul and blues and a respect for that whole heritage that you rarely hear anymore. I teach blues history and jazz history at our local college and so keeping alive some sense of heritage is sort of a mission of mine. Don't get me wrong - your record is up-to-the minute modern-sounding. It's clear you and all those great vocalists (and the cats in your horn section!) are abreast of what's currently happening. It's just that you're are able to bring a richer flavor to the music than some garden-variety shredder because you've checked out a few things that came before. We'll get you a good review - "Blue Voodoo" is a record whose time had come! BQ

Sheridan

Every Song Sizzles
This is the third and best album from Mark Cook. If you want good blues music get this album. If you want to enjoy great music, get this album. The original songs sizzle, are a great variety and will keep you rockin from beginning to end! Then play it again!

Randy Moore

Randy's Review on "Blue Voodoo" CD
This is a CD I picked up off of Mark Cook through his website. I must say that this is one of my favorite Blues CD picks for best rocking blues album to come out this past year! I love the versatility with each song. The musicians are indeed top notch and very exciting to listen to and the CD itself contains 15 original songs - which is over an hour of great music. Im an avid blues fan and have literally over 1000 blues CDs in my collection and I highly recommend this particular CD to anyone who is a fan of the blues!! Randy