Tragedy strikes OTTAWA, Ontario

In response to the tragedies happening in Ottawa today (read about them here) we are postponing our show at Avant-Garde Bar in downtown Ottawa tomorrow night (Thurs Oct.22). We are working with the fine folks there to reschedule the show in a couple weeks when things are more stable. Our shows in Griffith and Renfrew this weekend are STILL A GO. We will be playing at the Pine Valley Restaurant FRIDAY and Finnigans’ Roadhouse SATURDAY.
Stay strong Ottawa, we will meet again!

- Ry & Dylan

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Ryan & Dylan live in Ottawa, Ontario ONE NIGHT ONLY LADIES (& gentlemen)


Merle Travis/ Ontario/ Fall 2014

A note about the Merle Travis Tribute:
Firstly, there are a number of performances happening in Ontario this Fall which are not listed on the Merle Travis poster. These performances simply don’t feature the Merle component and are more like a regular show, they include:

October 10- Solo Performance @Calamity Jane’s, Addison, ON

October 11- John Allaire Show @Quinn’s Ale House Ottawa, ON

Nov 1- Ryan Cook @Fenelon Falls United Church, Fenelon Falls, ON

Nov 8- Ryan Cook & Kelly Sloan “Country Legends” @Mason Theatre Perth, ON

The Merle Travis Tribute show will be a two-set performance. The first set will be original music and the second set will be exclusively Merle Travis songs and instrumentals, accompanied by guitarist Dylan Watts.

Will hopefully bring this show to Atlantic Canada in mid 2015.


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.


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 for a list of dates where this show will be presented. Please email if you are interested in presenting this show.



Westfield Community Centre

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



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





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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