New Release: Phil Cook – People Are My Drug / Steampowered Blues

Phil Cook has announced that his second solo release, PEOPLE ARE MY DRUG, is due out June 1 on Psychic Hotline/Thirty Tigers

He has also unveiled Steampowered Blues, the first track off the album…

Cook reflects on the track: “Steampowered Blues is the first song I wrote for PEOPLE ARE MY DRUG. I’ve long been drawn to the swing and swagger of New Orleans’ step rhythms. The left-right bass lines get my feet stepping, whereas the drums channel my hip movements and the weightless carefree melodies often coax my arms from my sides toward the sky. Lyrically, it’s playful in a way that I can get behind. Tamisha Waden and Chastity Brown’s vocal expressions are stunning. The payoff when Mountain Man enters at the end of the double-time chant makes me cheer every time. Within my mortal body and experience, this music is my church”

Cook has been involved in a number of projects, including psych-folk band Megafaun. He is a recording and touring member of Hiss Golden Messenger as well. He has collaborated with Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray, performed with Mavis Staples, been Musical Director for The Blind Boys of Alabama and much more over his evolving career

Tour dates include:

4/7 Durham, NC – The Pinhook
6/8 Washington DC – Songbyrd
6/10 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
7/31 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom*
8/1 San Francisco, CA – The Independent*
8/3-5 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
8/7-8 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern*

* with Daniel Norgren