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Cook majors on playing resonator and 12-string acoustic guitar, though photographs suggest he’s also ready to strap on an electric guitar when the fancy takes him. He’s also possessed of a versatile blues voice, manifesting itself as a hoarse rasp on the swinging, upbeat opener “Trouble Maker” and the following “The Devil Finds Work,” which progresses from a slow opening to rattle along in a style that hints at North Mississippi Allstars.
High Dollar Gospel may not be perfect – it could do with another uptempo number to give it better balance, and as good as Cook’s acoustic guitar is on “44 Blues” it pales in comparison with the classic Howlin’ Wolf version. But this is as modern and refreshing a take on acoustic country blues as you could hope for, and compelling with it.