On Thursday Jan. 29, singer-songwriter Steve Cooke performed with his band at the The Mint on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, a bar that’s been representing live music since 1937. We were first introduced to the British rocker during LA’s annual BritWeek Rock ‘N Roll show where he performed with the Sons of Cream at Molly Malones. Since then he’s been super busy recording, collaborating and writing songs.
In the early years in London, Cooke played with members of Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac and performed in theatrical productions of Hair, Godspell and Tommy at the Apollo Theater in Oxford. His work gained worldwide attention with airplay in the US for his songs “Radio” and “Working in the USA” and he’s even co-written an album with Monte Pittman (Madonna).
Additionally the song “Working in the USA” won best Americana category in the 2009 Hollywood Music and Media awards and best new album in the Malibu Music awards. In 2014 he recorded a new song “Change is Gonna Come” with producer Kevin Dorsey, Sam Sims (Michael Jackson) on bass, Tommy Organ (Michael Jackson) and Ricky Rouse (Bobby Womack) on guitars, Michael White (Whitney Houston) on drums and Daniel Moore (Jennifer Hudson) on keys.
Fronting a three piece band, Cooke played his signature 12-string Gibson and 6-string acoustic guitars on what can be described as classic rock-folk tunes. Songs like “Working in the USA” and “California Girls Like to Rock 'n Roll” are a landscape for thought-provoking lyrics combined with rich melodies and infectious hooks. With a head of curly blonde hair to rival Roger Daltry of The Who, Cooke’s commanding showmanship and likable demeanor draws in any audience, and backed by top-notch musicians, Steve Stephens (drums) and Nick Maury (bass), the hour-long set was a flawless.
The audience comprised of friends and fans of Cooke's music received the performance warmly. Before and after the show Cooke mingled with the audience and gave everyone a copy of his latest single on CD. You can catch Steve Cooke and his band at the Mint in March. Production for the video of the new single " California Girls like to Rock n Roll" will begin in April and both single and video will be released this summer.
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