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The album is packaged in a 132-page softcover book offering a look back, in words and pictures, on his last decade of near-incessant rambling.
Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 160 gigs and a dozen festivals a year.
He's a thoughtful guy, throwing a hard look at his home province (Alberta, You're Breaking My Heart), and fellow bros (Fellas, Get Out the Way), though still finding space to hilariously celebrate that most venerable of late night dancing and drinking institutions (Kitchen Dance Party On).
His Edmonton-based back band The Second Chances (Bramwell Park, mandolin, banjo; Melissa Walker, bass) supply their usual sturdy and inventive backing, with pianist Dana Wylie, drummer Matt Blackie and violinist Adam Iredale-Gray adding nice touches throughout.
Reflecting the human condition through a tapestry of songs involving folk, blues and country, and that reflection sits in a mirror showing both good and bad.
The opening track 'Further Down the Line' holds a position that every song aims for--it means something, whether you've walked those roads or not, the message is close enough to touch.
Right now, I have neither time nor energy and, truth be told, the music is more than enough. I knew the dude had talent, I am just glad that all the pieces fell into place in this one album. "When lyrics create stories that hit home, when voice conveys human warmth, when themes and expressions make an indelible mark, and when they come together that's Further Down The Line from Scott Cook.All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world."Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on." -David Francey, 3x Juno-winning songwriter "I knew as soon as I heard the album.The album is packed with good songs of the folk variety...The album comes in booklet form--more chapbook than anything--the size of a CD and put together with artists eye and heart.