LEXINGTON, Ky. — Elizabeth Cook churns up a chilling and heartfelt ballad “Stanley By God Terry” in her fourth and final appearance on The Burl Sessions. The song – penned about a man that Cook’s mother fronted a band with that navigated Florida honky tonks in the early 1970s – is a newer piece from Cook slated to be a part of her next studio album. Watch a video of the performance below.
It can be easy to feel intimidated by an Elizabeth Cook performance. Effortlessly smooth and glittered with an “I am who I am,” taking no sh*t attitude, Cook has turned today’s world of cookie-cutter mainstream country music upside down with her sass and substance, helping lead the charge in the outlaw country renaissance.
Originally from Wildwood, Florida, and currently based in Nashville, Cook is a raw and sincere talent that has stood the test of time, making the first of over 400 appearances on The Grand Ole Opry since her debut on the program in 2000. Cook is also a veteran SiriusXM Outlaw Country Radio DJ, hosting her own show, Apron Strings, nationwide for the last 10 years. She is also a favorite of David Letterman and a frequent guest star on Adult Swim’s long-running hit cartoon series “Squidbillies” on Cartoon Network.
The Burl Sessions was launched in May 2019 when music producer Duane Lundy approached Cannon Armstrong and Will Harvey, both partners of Lexington-based music venue The Burl, about a video project showcasing the best bands in the region and other notable acts coming through town, later bringing cinematographer John Buckman into the mix in addition to partnering with VisitLex, Lexington’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Sessions made its debut with second generation outlaw country songsmith Shooter Jennings and has since featured the likes of Oh Boy Records artist and Western Kentucky native Kelsey Waldon, former Houndmouth vocalist Katie Toupin, and majestic singer of sad songs Justin Wells, among others. Reminiscent of 4AD or NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, these music videos are professionally filmed, recorded, mixed, and released online every Thursday.
Duane Lundy is a Lexington-based producer, sound engineer, and musician best known for his work with artists such as Jim James, Ringo Starr, Vandaveer, Sunday Valley, Ancient Warfare, Joe Pug, Ben Sollee, Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts, and Justin Wells. He owns and operates the Lexington Recording Company and is a partner in WhiteSpace Records.
John Buckman is a cinematographer working primarily in the commercial and non-profit space. Before beginning his journey into video production, A former drummer and DJ, Buckman gets to marry his love of music and moving images through his work on the sessions, with his meticulous eye for lighting and composition helping to elevate the already amazing production work of Lundy, a long-time friend and collaborator.
The Burl is a dedicated music venue located in the heart of Lexington, Ky.’s booming Distillery District. Opened in July 2016 by partners Cannon Armstrong, Jomo Thompson and Seth Bertram inside a former Texaco train loading station circa 1926, the venue has welcomed esteemed artists such as Tyler Childers, Billy Strings, Mt. Joy and Ghostland Observatory to its stage along with providing a space for local acts like The Wooks, Magnolia Boulevard and Joslyn & The Sweet Compression to blossom.
The music venue also features a retro-style arcade in an adjacent building on its property packed with nostalgic pinball units, old-school arcade games like Dig Dug, NBA Jam and Pac Man; vintage tube TVs connected with Sega’s, Super Nintendo’s and other classic games of yesteryear; skee-ball lanes, specially-themed cocktails and more.
Elizabeth Cook on tour:
Dec. 6 – Fat Fish Pub – Galesburg, Il. *
Dec. 7 – Hey Nonny – Arlington Heights, Il. *
Dec. 8 – Listening Room – Grand Rapids, Mi. *
Dec. 10 – The Auricle – Canton, Oh. *
Dec. 11 – Adelphia Music Hall – Marietta, Oh. *
Dec. 12 – The Spot on Kirk – Roanoke, Va. *
Dec. 13 – The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, N.C. *
Dec. 14 – The Reeves Theater & Cafe – Elkins, N.C. *
Dec. 15 – The Purple Onion – Saluda, N.C.
Jan. 15 – Tropic of Cancer Concert Series – Todos Santos, MX %
Jan. 29 – Sirus/XM Outlaw Country Cruise – Miami, Fl. +
*with Andrew Leahey & The Homestead
% with Joan Osborne, Cordovas, Brian Wright, etc.
+with The Mavericks, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, etc.