Eli Cook, christened 'the best blues singer of his generation' by All Music Guide, has opened for B.B. King many times; he has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine, and has peformed at the Kennedy Center on the Millenium Stage.
Eli Hudnall Cook was born in Nelson County, Virginia on April 24, 1986. He grew up in a world of "old cars, chain-saws, and guitars" in a Blue Ridge Mountain hollow where radio still reigned, and telephones and
television failed. Eli began playing Gospel at revivals when he was 15, and still never forgets to "take you to church" at some moment in his performance today.
Eli describes his music as "blue, blue, Blues." Phil Reser, of BluesWax describes Eli as "a young gun with an old soul who storms through slide guitar romps, tackling the Blues, and sounding like his generation's Son House or Elmore James. He's not just playing the same licks as his mentors, but adding his signature sound and style to the art of the Blues."
However you describe Eli's music, it has ushered him onto many a wonderful stage: He frequently opens for B.B. King, has shared the spotlight with Johnny Winter, Shemekia Copeland, and Robert Cray, and has performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Today, Eli tours nationally and his recordings are played on radio stations all over the world.