Hello, we're Cook and Rose, an acoustic duo from Central Texas. We play original music rooted in folk and blues.

More Miles on the Wagon  

We drove up the coast from L.A. and then back down again - playing in Monterey, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, and San Luis Obispo. In Altadena on January 20th, we played the final set of our eight-month, 30-performance western tour.


In Taos, we rested awhile and worked on new music.


Now we are happy to be back in Central Texas, where we're planning to stay until the end of May.

Looking back, looking forward  

 We spent the winter of 2017 working on songs, and in the Spring we recorded our second album. We thorougly enjoyed working with Charlie Kramsky and Jon Neiss at Austin Signal Studios, and playing with these fine musicians: Ollin Chavez, Marjorie Gonzales Chavez, Fred Mandujano, and Nathan Cook. 

In June, we took "The Lonesome American" on the road and played 24 shows in six Western states. Here are some favorite memories from the 17 cities we visited: 

  • Playing again at Kate and Billy's show at one of our favorite venues - the Adobe Bar in Taos, New Mexico 
  • A great listening audience at the Guitar Merchant in Canoga Park, California 
  • In Boise, Idaho, a warm reception by everyone at the Record Exchange and the Hermit Music Festival
  • A house concert and successful charity benefit in Seattle, Washington 
  • In Portland, Oregon, playing at Ronnie Carrier's Driftin' Inn at the White Eagle and at the Waypost with the Josh Cole's bluegrass band, Tenbrook
  • The fine welcome and wonderful support of the folks at the Rite Spot in San Francisco  

We're starting 2018 with ... more music. In mid-January, we'll play in seven venues from Monterey to Altadena, and then head to Taos for a few weeks' rest before we return to Austin.

November by the Bay 

Things have been quieter as we head toward the end of the year. For most of November, we stayed in the same spot in the San Francisco Bay area.  


We had a wonderful time playing at The Rite Spot in San Francisco and at The Rellik Tavern in Benecia, where Chris lived briefly.


At the end of the month, we performed at The Coffee Shop and Music Lounge in Menlo Park, and on Thanksgiving we spent the day at the race track.


October - Oregon, Washington, and Northern California 

October was a busy month, with a performance at the White Eagle in Portland and a drive back to Washington to play at the Black Dog in Snoqualmie.  
Then we crossed the Columbia River again to play at the Coffee Cottage in Newberg.

The White Eagle, Portland  Roll on, Columbia, roll on  Snoqualmie Falls

We stayed awhile at Cannon Beach, and then were off to California.

Cannon Beach  Gray day on the Oregon Coast  Onward to California

We've played at Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz and Simple Pleasures Cafe in San Francisco, with more Bay Area adventures planned for November and December.

Return to the land of   Berkeley Yacht Club  San Rafael, CA

September - Idaho, Washington, and Oregon 

In Boise Idaho, we played an in-store show at the Record Exchange and on Sept. 2nd at the Hermit Music Festival. Hermit Music Festival at Indian Creek Winery

Then, it was on to Seattle to perform at C&P Coffee Company, Tim's Tavern, and a house concert. On Sept. 30th, we played at the Waypost in Portland, where we were joined by Tenbrook - Josh, Josh, Rachel, and Kip, playing good traditional bluegrass. 

 Portland, City of Roses  

August in Los Angeles 

We were in L.A. in August, playing at the UnUrban in Santa Monica, Wine & Song in South Pasedena, and at the Guitar Merchant in Canoga Park. It was great to see old friends and make some new ones. Here are some photos from our time in Southern California. 
Silver LakeOutside Fred's 62 Diner in Los FelizVenice BeachThe Guitar Merchant - a wonderful place to play

On the Road 

 After a few days on the road, we've arrived in sunny Los Angeles. Over the next few weeks, we're playing in Santa Monica, Pasadena, and Canoga Park.


Our instruments and our voices are enjoying the decreased altitude and increased oxygen and humidity compared to the mountains in Taos.


High on a Mountainside  

We're living outside Taos, New Mexico through the end of July.  

Last month, we played in Angel Fire at 8,400 feet. It was a beautiful morning. There's no light in the world that compares to the light in Northern New Mexico as it falls on the canyons and mesas. 

We've also played on the Taos Plaza -- all the way down at 7,000 feet, and at our favorite venue in Taos -- the Adobe Bar.  

Next week, we're heading north to Colorado for performances in the Boulder area, and to stay in a run-down motel beside a mountain stream. Then, we return to the high desert to start work on some new songs.  

In August, we take the wagon on the road. We're headed to L.A. for several performances and then up to Boise over Labor Day to play at the Hermit Music Festival. 

We're looking forward to all the stops on our far-flung Western tour and grateful for the chance to share our music in so many different places. 

The Lonesome American is released 


We've officially released our cornbread-taco-broken down circus wagon album of songs. Original music by Christopher Cook on guitar and vocals and Emmy Rose on harmonium and vocals.

We're grateful for the warm-hearted assistance of:

♫  Ollin Chavez on violin
♫  Marjorie Gonzales Chavez on guitarrón
♫  Fred Mandujano on percussion
♫  Nathan Cook on trumpet

♫  Charile Kramsky - engineering and mixing
♫  Jon Neiss, Austin Signal Studios - cheese sandwiches and good advice

♫  DK Boyd, sufferinstudios.com - graphics 
♫  Emily Bristow - contemporary photos
♫  Davie Peck - imaginary help

You can hear The Lonesome American on our Recordings page.

Please contact us for a copy or if you'd like to say hello..

The Lonesome American 

... is a mix of cornbread, tacos, and broken down circus wagons. It’s recorded, mixed, and mastered and we should have copies of the new album in a couple of weeks. You can hear it now on the Recordings tab.

Previous events

Altadena, CA

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The Coffee Gallery, 2025 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

San Luis Obispo, CA

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Bang the Drum, 950 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Live radio performance

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Radio KEBF-FM 97.3 and KZSR-FM 107.9, 695 Harbor Blvd, Morro Bay

Live radio performance on Lunch with Abe.

Morro Bay, CA

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Morro Bay Wine Seller, 601 Embarcadero # 5, Morro Bay, CA 93442

San Luis Obispo

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Linnaea's Cafe, 1110 Garden St, , San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Paso Robles, CA

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Sculpterra Winery, 5015 Linne Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Monterey, CA

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Caffe Trieste, 409 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA

San Francisco, CA

Rite Spot Cafe, 2099 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA

We're returning to the Rite Spot, playing from 9-11 p.m.

Menlo Park, CA

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Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park, CA

Please note this is a time change - we're playing from 7-9:30 at Zoe's.

Menlo Park, CA

The Coffee Shop and Music Lounge, 1095 Cloud Ave, Menlo Park, CA

All-ages show, no cover. Located inside Bethany Lutheran Church.

Benecia, CA

The Rellik Tavern, 726 First St,, Benicia, CA

We're pleased to be playing in Benecia, where Christopher once lived and the setting of several of our songs. Performance is from 7-10 p.m.

San Francisco, CA

Rite Spot Cafe, 2099 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA

We're playing at the Rite Spot from 9-11 p.m.

San Francisco, CA

Simple Pleasures Cafe, 3434 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA

Santa Cruz, CA

Streetlight Records, 939 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

We're happy to return to Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz to play our second in-store performance.

San Francisco, CA

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The Revolution Cafe, 3248 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Newberg, OR

The Coffee Cottage, 808 E Hancock St. , Newberg, OR. 97132

Music at the Coffee Cottage from 7-8:30 p.m.

Snoqualmie, WA

Black Dog Arts Cafe, 8062 Railroad Ave. SE, , Snoqualmie, WA 98065

All ages.

Portland, OR

White Eagle, 836 N. Russell St., Portland, OR

We're playing at Driftin' Inn at the White Eagle. Show starts at four with Ronnie Carrier and we're on at five. 21+ No cover.

Portland, OR

The Waypost, 3120 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

We're joined by Portland's Tenbrook, who play good-time, straight-ahead bluegrass. 21+, No cover.

Seattle, WA

House Concert, Seattle, WA

Private house concert in Greenwood. 3 pm

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