James Cook:Drawing inspiration from evocative stories around the Red River, the Wichita Falls, TX native’s penchant for superb narrative lyrics and riveting vocals delivers an impactful punch
Drawing inspiration from evocative stories around the Red River, the Wichita Falls, TX native’s penchant for superb narrative lyrics and riveting vocals delivers an impactful punch for this rootsy collection of songs that blends folk-rock, country and Southern blues hues, with equal parts grit, sorrow and heart.
Momentum began to build for Cook after he won the 2015 Rattle Magazine Songwriter Award who went on to say ““…truly an original Americana artist, with the twisting of genres that blossomed into his own invention. He incorporates country, rock and blues, with a dash of grit and salt that makes the hairs stand on end when you hear him play. You can feel it in his writing that he pours over every word in detail until it’s perfect.” He was also a finalist for the Blue Light, Larry Joe Taylor, and Texas Music Pickers competitions.
Since then, Cook has released two albums and has been touring these past years with his band with a raw, energetic show that has opened doors like the Outlaws and Legends Festival, MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 2019 Ranch Bash in Ft Worth, TX with three Top 40 singles and one Top 20 on the TRRR Charts.
Jon Young’s writing style is most often described as touching—full of truth, real depth and vivid imagery; his sound soulful, fearless and truly unique. Like a gentle giant, his large presence and melodic voice will captivate an audience beginning with the first note. The originality of Jon’s songwriting enables his music to span multiple genres, including Americana, Texas Country, Folk and Rock to name a few.
Jon Young was born and raised in Stephenville, Texas, where he began playing the guitar and writing songs at 14 years old. Over the past 15 years, Jon has performed at renowned venues throughout Texas and the Southwest and opened for talented artists including Tracy Lawrence, BlackHawk, Charlie Robison, Luke Wade, Larry Joe Taylor, Shane Smith & The Saints and William Clark Green.
Garnering praise from critics, fans and press alike, Jon Young’s highly anticipated follow-up album to Ashes of Dreams of Fire is entitled Relic, and was released March 2017. Ashes of Dreams of Fire and Relic are both available on iTunes, Google Play Music and Amazon. Sign up for our mailing list and follow us on social media for a look behind the scenes, special information, album sneak peaks and release dates.
“Jon Young is an artist in every definition of the word. I hope everyone gets the opportunity to experience how talented he is.” – Shayne Hollinger, 95.9 The Ranch