Ryan Cook

Innovation meets Tradition

Singer/Songwriter & Ambassador of Vintage Country, Folk & Swing Music.

 

If you’re a fan of Hank, Glen and Merle then this is perfect for you
— Americana UK

Ryan Cook is an award-winning East Coast singer and songwriter who's performed with Country purists like Dwight Yoakam, Roseanne Cash, & Travis Tritt. His latest project The Valley Singers combines thumb-picking guitar styles with a rotating cast of harmony singers inspired by American Jazz/Country music from the 1940’s and 50’s. 

Defying the standard in cowboy culture, Ryan’s roots range from as far away as Punk Rock & alternative Pop. His progressive take on Americana & Folk music has been called refreshing by critics. His debut Hot Times, sophomore album Peaks & Valleys, and Wrestling with Demons each earned Album of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards. Wrestling with Demons features the two surviving members of Hank Snows' "Rainbow Ranch Boys" Kayton Roberts and Roger Carroll. Ryan Cook has earned three Music Nova Scotia awards and fifteen ECMA/MNS nominations while performing over 800 concerts throughout North America & Asia since 2007.

Together to perform original arrangements like Pretty Sure, Gaspereau Valley and Lulu Lemon, The Valley Singers also pay tribute to hillbilly pioneers Hank Williams, Merle Travis, and Doc Watson.

-Anna Esterina 

He’s a cool customer with little regard for adhering to trends, which makes him dangerous.
— Exclaim!
Beginning his music career with punk music and switching gears to country has also brought about a sentimental, introspective quality to his songs.
— The Coast
Nova Scotia’s real country performer, Cook defiantly makes music that sticks to the tried-and-true sounds of the masters
— Bob Mersereau
A nice pu pu platter of the country & western, roots, and jazz brew that comprises his polished, but still earnest sound.
— My Old Kentucky Blog

 

 

From Cowboy songs and country swing with a dash of Bakersfield, Cook’s feet seem firmly planted in real life. As a result, you’ll find far more peaks than valleys here and the view looks truly promising.
— Maverick Magazine
It’s hard to know what Hank Snow would say about Ryan Cook’s mohawk, but there’s no way he would deny that Cook is true country through and through.
— The Chronicle Herald
Cook’s authentic country sound reflects his desire to pay musical tribute to the very roots of a genre that has lost its way over the past two decades. Cook indeed holds the country torch high.
— The Music Nerd Chronicles
A smooth but still very genuine entertainer who knows how to cover his bases and reach out to a varying audience by appealing to our most basic, and shared, desires: to love and laugh.
— Exclaim!

AWARDS/NOMINATIONS

2013 Music Nova Scotia Awards -Entertainer of the Year – NOMINEE
2013 Music Nova Scotia Awards -Male Recording – NOMINEE
2013 Music Nova Scotia Awards -Country/Bluegrass Recording –WINNER!
2012 East Coast Music Awards -Digital Artist – NOMINEE
2011 East Coast Music Awards -Country Recording – NOMINEE
2011 East Coast Music Awards -Rising Star Recording – NOMINEE
2011 Awarded Album of the Year -Country Music News (CANADA) – EDITORIAL
2011 Music Nova Scotia Awards -Male Artist Recording – NOMINEE
2011 Music Nova Scotia Awards -Recording OF THE YEAR – NOMINEE
2011 Music Nova Scotia Awards -Country/Bluegrass Recording –WINNER!
2011 Music Nova Scotia Awards -SOCAN Song “Gaspereau Valley” - NOMINEE
2009- Music Nova Scotia Awards -Male Artist Recording – NOMINEE
2009- Music Nova Scotia Award -Digital Artist – NOMINEE
2009- East Coast Music Awards -Country Recording – NOMINEE
2008- Music Nova Scotia Awards -Country/Bluegrass Recording –WINNER!
2008- Music Nova Scotia Awards -New Artist Recording – NOMINEE
2007- Music Nova Scotia Awards -New Artist Recording – NOMINEE
2007- Music Nova Scotia Awards -Country/Bluegrass RecordING – NOMINEE