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Alabama's Jeff Cook Releasing Album With His Allstar Goodtime Band
February 27, 2009
Alabama guitarist and fiddler Jeff Cook has recorded a new album, Ashes Won't Burn, with his Allstar Goodtime Band for digital release on March 17. "This new record will please rock, blues and soul fans alike," Cook says. However, he adds, "Country music fans can expect to hear those familiar guitar and fiddle licks from the past." Cook formed the new nine-piece band after Alabama retired from touring in 2004. "I put this group together to target the casino, fairs and festival demographics," he acknowledges. "We love playing the diversified music types." Ashes Won't Burn will be released via iTunes and includes cover versions of Free's "All Right Now," the Commodores' "Brick House" and Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." The members of Alabama were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
TODAY'S COUNTRY MAGAZINE
Band: JEFF COOK & THE ALLSTAR GOODTIME BAND
Album: Ashes Won’t Burn
Jeff Cook is best known for his time spent with the legendary group Alabama. Since their last tour together in 2004 fans have been crying out for a reunion, but instead have got Randy Owen’s solo debut album, Teddy Gentry produced albums from the likes of Emerson Drive, and now Jeff Cook and his Allstar Goodtime Band are releasing their album “Ashes Won’t Burn.” With a soulful, blues style the minute you hit play and are introduced to title track, “Ashes Won’t Burn” you can’t help but be reminded a bit of the great Ronnie Milsap, especially in the vocals. As you dive forward into the album you get a dose of covers including the popular Beatles song “I Feel Fine,” Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” Free’s “All Right Now” and showing their vast range of influence and styles, The Commodores “Brick House.” But this album isn’t just about the covers, but rather Cook is smart enough to give the fans a taste of what they miss, that fiddle and harmonies that made Alabama so popular. Original material like “Mist of Desire,” “A Million Times Today,” and “Wonderful Waste of Time,” are all sure to keep those Alabama fans at bay for a little while. The idea for the band came from Cook with the focus being on the popular fair and casino circuits and this album is a perfect companion to what you can expect from their live show as it combines their diverse cover material in between originals and is going to be a welcome addition to music collections for those fans that miss that popular Alabama sound.
JEFF COOK & THE ALL-STAR
“ASHES WON’T BURN”
PRIVATE LISTENING PARTY
Thursday, March 12, 2009
@ Limelight in Nashville, TN
When you are easily recognized for your part in an illustrious career of a legendary group like Alabama it is a tough road to climb to break free of that past and set out on a path of your own. For Jeff Cook, much like Ringo Starr did, he has assembled a group of super talented musicians and singers who take over leads from time to time and has created an all-star band whose main objective is to have fun no matter what.
To highlight the release of their new album “Ashes Won’t Burn,” Cook and his all-star band hosted a private listening party at Limelight, located directly across the street from LP Field home of the Tennessee Titans. The evening kicked off at 6PM when they aired a recent interview that Cook did about the band and album as they mingled with the select crowd before hitting the stage at 7PM to show them what this band was all about.
The All-Star Goodtime Band minus Jeff Cook took the stage and kicked off the live set with “Everyday I Got The Blues” and quickly caught the crowd’s attention with their musicianship. As the final notes were hit, Cook was announced and hit the stage as they launched into their set with “Listen To The Music,” followed by “Mist of Desire.”
It didn’t take too long for the dance floor to be packed as the ASGTB began to run through their hour and a half set of familiar party songs like “All Right Now,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Soul Man,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Brickhouse,” and more.
It was quickly evident that Jeff Cook didn’t put this band together to imitate Alabama at all, but rather to have a good time and get a crowd on their feet at venues like casinos, festivals, etc… And at Limelight they did just that, as the crowd seemed to hit the dance floor and never stop moving.
Between the familiar covers in the set and Cook’s witty personality as he joked with the crowd and constantly asked them if they were having fun, it was easily a very entertaining performance for all in attendance.
However, as much as he may try to shy away from his own past, the minute that he pulled out his fiddle and kicked into the familiar Alabama classics like “Mountain Music,” “Tennessee River,” and “Dixieland Delight,” the crowd cheered on in approval and encouraged the outstanding fiddle playing of Jeff Cook as they jumped around the dance floor and shouted back the lyrics at the top of their lungs.
The appropriate “Sweet Home Alabama” closed out the show and kept the crowd singing along with the band until the final note was strummed earning them a standing ovation.
With so many older musicians trying to make a name for themselves through a series of failed solo careers and bad albums, Jeff Cook has taken a completely different approach and has created a party band complete with all of the songs that you want to hear, including some classics from his past just as you’d expect from him. The show is meant to be fun and fun it is. This isn’t an artist that is trying to capitalize on what he has already done, but rather someone that is just looking to keep on playing music and keep on having a good time with it the way that it is supposed to be.
ALABAMA'S JEFF COOK FIRES UP HIS "ALLSTAR GOODTIME BAND" FOR SMOKIN' NEW ALBUM RELEASE
New Album, Ashes Won't Burn, to be Digitally Released on i-Tunes March 17
(Nashville, TN - February 26, 2009) - After retiring from the road in 2004, country supergroup Alabama left millions of their fans salivating for more of the down-home country music they had been devouring for three decades. During the group's 30-year run, the boys managed to snag 42 #1 Hits, two Grammy Awards, 23 American Music Awards, three CMA "Entertainer of the Year" Awards, ACM's "Group of the Decade," and the RIAA's "Group of the Century."
Now, five years later, Alabama lead guitarist, fiddle player and founding member Jeff Cook has cranked up his Allstar Goodtime Band (AGB) to bring fans that familiar Alabama sound as well as something new. Cook and the AGB will release Ashes Won't Burn and will be available for download on i-Tunes beginning March 17. The new album, releasing on Quest Records, isn't genre specific but rather ‘Country, Soul and Rock-n-Roll,' as Cook calls it.
"This new record will please Rock, Blues and Soul fans alike... we had a lot of fun making it... we call it ‘Funtry' music. Country music fans can expect to hear those familiar guitar and fiddle licks from the past," says Cook.
Ashes Won't Burn, will showcase previously released re-recorded cuts from Cook's days with Alabama, new cuts co-written by Cook, as well as tried-and-true classics including "Brickhouse," Knockin' on Heaven's Door," and "All Right Now."
Cook's Allstar Goodtime Band is a nine-piece group (including Cook) complete with a three-piece horn section and percussion. Prior to forming the band, Cook methodically handpicked all eight band members based on stage chemistry... a difficult task when considering the large number of musicians he has collaborated with throughout the years.
"I put this group together to target the casino, fairs and festival demographics," notes Cook on his versatile band. "We love playing the diversified music types!"
Born in Fort Payne, Alabama, Jeff Cook has been playing lead guitar and keyboard since the age of 13. In addition to his rich vocals Cook has just about done it all. Alabama signed a recording contract with RCA records in 1980, launching a career that to date has resulted in 21 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums and more than 78 million records sold. In November of 2005, Jeff and his bandmates received Country Music's highest honor, as they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Alabama is one of the Top 20 best-selling acts of all time. In the U.S. alone, they have sold more albums than Elvis and The Beatles combined.
In 2001, Cook was named "Guitarist of the Year" by the Gibson Guitar Company.
Now with the Allstar Goodtime Band and a rejuvenated enthusiasm for performing, Jeff Cook is back on stage... singing three decades of Alabama hits plus his very own brand of "Country, Soul, & Rock n' Roll."
1. Ashes Won't Burn
2. I Feel Fine
3. If I Could Just See You Now
4. Mist Of Desire
5. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
6. Brick House
7. Kissing A Fool
8. Monkey Around
9. All Right Now
10. A Million Times Today
11. Wonderful Waste Of Time
12. King Bee
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Don Murry Grubbs, Publicist