CountryTown All-Vinyl Country Music LP Party

This Wednesday night I will be co-hosting the CountryTown All-Vinyl record party at Gus’ Pub in Halifax, NS. If you’ve never been before, here’s what your night will look like: Basically you and your friends convene at Gus pub around 9pm for drinks, story swapping and perhaps a game of Bridge all to the soundtrack of spectacular Country Music records from the 50′s 60′s & 70′s. By the end of the night you will be dancing, flirting, and frolicking at one of Halifax’s most sterile LP listening rooms. It’s a home run.

Gus Pub

Joining host Aaron Fraser, myself and Brian Baker will bring a couple guitars and belt out a raw set of Merle Travis tunes. It will be a spectacular night of professionalism. I should note that I am donating my entire record collection to a friend in New Brunswick 5 days later so Wednesday will be my last time spinning the fabulous country records I have collected over the years, including Little Jimmy Dickens, Bob Wills, John Hartford, Slim Whitman, and many others.

If that doesn’t convince you then allow me to guilt you into attending. This will be my last week in Nova Scotia until June 2015. In the time between I will be travelling around Southeast Asia risking my neck on a giant mountain in Nepal among other things so, if your in my rolodex, you should come whisper a slobberly farewell out of guilt.

REJOICE REJOICE REJOICE
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Merle Travis Tribute!

This Fall I will be performing a musical tribute to the legendary Merle Travis. The show debut’s in Ontario where I will be accompanied by Dylan Watts -a former heavy metal guitarist who has been studying “Travis Picking” since 2012. I am hoping to bring this show to Atlantic Canada in 2015, and still have a couple dates open in Ontario this Fall.

Merle Travis (1917-1983) was an american singer/songwriter from Western Kentucky who is credited with inventing a melodic, rhythmic and percussive guitar technique known as “Travis-Picking”. The same thumb style picking made popular by Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, and Tommy Emmanuel is derived from this “travis picking” technique. We will focus on Travis’s coal-mining ballads, instrumentals, and the popular songs he wrote for country artists in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Please visit ryancook.ca/shows for a list of dates where this show will be presented. Please email ryan@ryancook.ca if you are interested in presenting this show.

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PLAYING IN THE WOODS!!!!

Westfield Community Centre

Coal Shed Music Festival- YARMOUTH, NS (Canada!)

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Saturday Aug 16th poster @ Union Street Cafe by Deep Hollow Print

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AUGUST 2014 TOURING DATES

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Keeping up with the Country Cousins

You can view a photo blog of our adventures on tour this summer by clicking the photo below:

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Kempt Shore Acoustic Music Festival photos

Here is a collection of Vintage RV related photos I took at this year’s Kempt Shore Acoustic Music Festival. All very nice people, and lots of groovy campers. Thank you to everyone I met.

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July 2014 concert listings with Kelly Sloan

I like singing with Kelly Sloan. She is a nice person with a pretty voice.

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Gaspereau Valley Guitar Chords

Here is a video explaining (I’m not a music teacher) how to perform the song Gaspereau Valley on acoustic guitar.

Below is a link to download the lyrics and chords in PDF.

Gaspereau Valley chords & lyrics