Christopher Cook and Emmy Rose live in Sebastopol, California. Their original songs are rooted in folk and blues, telling stories of the western experience – true stories or stories that might as well be true.
Their unique sound is a combination of intricate guitar work, harmonium, and vocal harmonies. The mix of Emmy’s clear voice with Christopher’s ragged tenor creates a sound they describe as “diamonds and gravel.”
“The music of Cook and Rose is like a majestic antique table. Intricately carved with scrolls and spirals, its dedicated craftsmanship carries stories both ancient and new. Timeless stories that dance right into your soul. And when they've finished playing, you're left at that table to feast on the memory. Trust me, you'll be feasting a long time." – Nicole Cortichiato, Art Spark Texas
Cook and Rose met in Austin in 2013. Since then, they have released two albums and are preparing to record a third. Their second album, The Lonesome American, was chosen to live stream on Electric Lady Bird, a showcase for Austin musicians.
They have toured extensively though the western United States, and have been featured in many venues, including the Hermit Music Festival in Boise, the White Eagle in Portland, Oskar Blues in Longmont, CO, the Adobe Bar in Taos, and the Guitar Merchant in Los Angeles.
“Listening to their music rewards me with the awareness of my humanity.”
– Cris Hardy, songwriter
Plays finger-style guitar, writes, and sings. He has worked for over thirty years as a songwriter and performer. Christopher has been called “a torch singer with the heart of a poet.” He says, “My songs are based on events I see around me. Some big heartbroken situation becomes part of everyone’s story. My goal is communicating our common experience.”
Sings and plays the harmonium, a type of pump organ often used in Indian music. Her playing technique adds a European old-world resonance to their distinctive sound. Emmy says, ”Once when I was singing in Los Angeles, a homeless man gave me a dollar. I want to be worthy of that.”
The Lonesome American
Cook and Rose’s second album is a mixture of cornbread, tacos, and broken-down circus wagons, traveling back and forth through time.
Honey from Dried Grass
The title song of their first album was inspired by the dry hillsides in California’s Central Valley, where Christopher wondered how a person creates a life out of sparse or impossible situations.
Cook and Rose can play a full evening or afternoon or support other acts. Their music is appropriate for small halls and concert venues, and can turn a tavern or coffee house into a listening room. Find them online at www.cookandrose.com and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org