Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Zac Brown Band's Clay Cook Releases Solo Album, North Star

Clay Cook may be best known for being a member of GRAMMY-award winning Zac Brown Band, but the Georgia native has several musical accomplishments under his belt.  He's also just released his third album this week, a project called North Star. The album released on Southern Ground Artists and was produced by Cook and long-time friend/collaborator Matt Mangano at Southern Ground Studios in Nashville. North Star includes collaborations with John Mayer, The Wood Brothers,  Steel Magnolia and from the hit ABC series, Nashville, Clare Bowen.

The album consists of 11 songs, written over the span of 15 years, each exploring a unique range of aesthetic and style within the southern-rock context that has defined so much of his other endeavors. From somber, steel guitar-tinged longing on “If There’s A Chance,” to the driving, forceful rock of album-namesake “North Star,” the release caters to fans of Clay’s previous work and beyond. “Compared to What,” the only cover on the album, is an Americana / rock-n-roll twist on a jazz classic originally recorded by Les McCann. Cook played all instruments on the album, other than bass and drums.

Clay’s extensive experience performing on a wide variety of instruments during his time with Zac Brown Band, including the Hammond organ, mandolin, and pedal steel is brought to bear in a uniquely personal way on North Star. Fueled by Clay’s previous work, which also includes stints with The Marshall Tucker Band, Shawn Mullins, and John Mayer, North Star is the next step in the development of a robust songwriter with something important to say, and a world of means through which to say it.

1 comment:

  1. Clay Cook's album is awesome!! I see that you said Steel Magnolia was part of the album -- it's actually Meghan Linsey from Steel Magnolia who is featured on Clay Cook's album. She is doing some seperate projects.....and she is coming out with her own solo album. Great job Clay Cook on your is great!!! :) To see more on Meghan Linsey check out her own music facebook page and her website: Thanks and God Bless. :)