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BIOGRAPHY

Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook forges a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the wool country. With nuances of pop and western swing, Ryan's songbook reminiscences of the early hillbilly and folk pioneers but stays very much in the current landscape. On stage Ryan has toured as a solo performer opening for artists like Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, & Travis Tritt, receiving over 20 award nominations in Canada including three Album of the Year awards. His acoustic live show combines thumb-picking guitar styles, original folk country ballads and vintage music from the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Awards/ Accolades

As an independent artist Ryan has received over 20 nominations in Canada, three Album of the Year awards in Nova Scotia, and written, produced and published music in Nashville, TN. Ryan has performed on many big stages including the Ryman Auditorium, Ernest Tubb's Midnight Jamboree, CMA Music Festival, Music City Roots, Maverick Music Festival (UK), Stan Rogers Folk Festival (NS), and Cavendish Beach Music Festival (PE). Online Ryan has over a million YouTube views, 5000 Facebook followers, and 2000 Twitter followers. Ryan regularly performs a theatrical musical tribute to Hank Williams Sr. and has performed tributes to Merle Travis, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash. Beginning in 2007 Ryan has performed over 1000 concerts in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. 

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PRESS

“He’s a cool customer with little regard for adhering to trends, which makes him dangerous.” – Exclaim! 

“If you’re a fan of Hank, Glen and Merle then this is perfect for you.” – Americana UK

“Cook’s authentic 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.” – Music Nerd Chronicles

“Down with new country music! Owing a debt to country greats like Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash, Ryan Cook would be a superstar if there was any justice in the world.” -Ken Kelley; The Noreaster Online

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FEATURE ALBUM

Ryan’s fourth album reveals an appreciative homage to twin fiddles and the island sounds of Hawaiian steel guitars. 2017’s Having a Great Time explores both the light and dark sides of snow-birding in southern Florida through the cool lens of a Canadian drifter. 

"Cook makes the smartest, most modern country around, with classic melodies mixed with 21st century reality. Instead of cliches and corny lyrics in Having A Great Time, he sings about relationships, race, starting his own cult and staying up all night playing video games, all with insight and great humour.  Bonus: Golden voice." -Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian Blog

 

Email ryan@ryancook.ca for Hi-Res Photographs, Posters, and other promotional materials 

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MUSIC NOMINATIONS & AWARDS

2018 Music Nova Scotia Awards- Country Recording of the Year- WINNER

2014 East Coast Music Awards- Country Recording of the Year- NOMINEE

2013 Music Nova Scotia Awards- Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year WINNER

2013 Music Nova Scotia Awards- Male Recording of the Year NOMINEE

2013 Music Nova Scotia Award- Entertainer of the Year- NOMINEE

2012 Music Nova Scotia Award- Digital Artist of the Year- NOMINEE

2012 East Coast Music Awards- Rising Star Recording of the Year- NOMINEE

2012 East Coast Music Awards- Country Recording of the Year- NOMINEE

2011 Canadian Country Album of the Year- Country Music News- EDITORIAL

2011 Music Nova Scotia Awards- Male Recording of the Year NOMINEE

2011 Music Nova Scotia Awards- Recording of the Year NOMINEE

2011 Music Nova Scotia Awards- Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year WINNER

2011 Music Nova Scotia Awards- SOCAN Song of the Year NOMINEE

2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards- Male Artist Recording of the Year- NOMINEE

2009 Music Nova Scotia Award- Digital Artist of the Year- NOMINEE

2009 East Coast Music Awards- Country Recording of the Year- NOMINEE

2008 Music Nova Scotia Awards- Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year- WINNER

2008 Music Nova Scotia Awards- New Artist/Group Recording of the Year- NOMINEE

2007 Music Nova Scotia Awards- New Artist/Group Recording of the Year- NOMINEE

2007 Music Nova Scotia Awards- Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year- NOMINEE

Press Quotes

“Down with new country music! Owing a debt to country greats like Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash, Ryan Cook would be a superstar if there was any justice in the world.” -Ken Kelley; The Noreaster Online

“Nova Scotia’s real country performer, Cook defiantly makes music that sticks to the tried-and-true sounds of the masters” – Bob Mersereau

“Wrestling With Demons is one of those you will grab to keep safe if your house catches on fire.” – The Alternate Root

“…Content to tackle modern topics like Facebook, genetically modified crops and Lululemon. The end result is a good time that swings and smiles in equal measure.” - Chronicle Herald

“If you’re a fan of Hank, Glen and Merle then this is perfect for you.” – Americana UK

“Humour and powers of observation are a huge asset when the singing and playing is this solid too.” – The Coast

“In Wrestling with Demons, Ryan Cook delivers a smackdown of what’s expected in country music, and the album just might be a TKO” – GrayOwl Point

“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

“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, 4 **** 

“Nothing short of spectacular…A terrific album that every fan of ‘good’ music should get to hear.” - Country Music News (Canada) 

“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 Magazine 

“…hovered in a purgatory between classic jukebox songs you drop your last quarter to hear and something new that stops you in your tracks.” – Herohill Music Blog

“He can still burn a torch with real sincerity on a ballad like If I Know Nothing Else, but shows more character than most Nashville artist on few tunes like The O.C.D Blues and a season-appropriate zombie love story, Dead Like Me.”- The Chronicle Herald

“…provides 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

“Cook’s at his best when emulating the old stuff, bringing humour to O.C.D. Blues and zombie love song Dead Like Me.” – NowToronto.com

“He’s a cool customer with little regard for adhering to trends, which makes him dangerous.” – Exclaim! Magazine

“Fitting somewhere between dyed-in-the-wool country and indie rock, the band’s crossover appeal has translated to a lot of live shows… 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

“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