SHELBURNE - If past shows are any indication, award-winning singer-songwriter Ryan Cook's upcoming show at the Sea Dog in Shelburne is bound to sell out.
The Nov. 3 show begins at 7 p.m. and will highlight his fourth album, Having a Great Time.
According to his bio, the 20-time award nominee and three-time East Coast Music Album of the Year award winner is one of Nova Scotia's most gifted musicians. Cook has the unique ability to blend the nostalgia of classic country music with a modern sensibility and has developed a progressive sound that fuses both the traditional and the innovative. Drawing on the enduring sounds of western-swing, bluegrass, country and folk for inspiration, Cook’s songbook is a deeply appreciative homage to the pioneers of hillbilly and folk.
Cook has opened for country legends including Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, and Travis Tritt, but he brings his own style of original folk ballads and vintage country music from the 1940s and 1950s.
His Shelburne show will be a mix of music, including several tunes from the new album.
Cook says fans will be sure to love the new music.
"All of the new songs on the album," Cook said via email. "Surprisingly, (they) sound very naturally like the rest of my stuff."
The album also features JP Cormier and Dave Campbell on some of the tracks. The CD was recorded live at the New Scotland Studios of Joel Plaskett and was produced by Chris Austin.
"It's got a real country/folk feel to it," Cook says.
Cook says the Having a Great Time album explores both the light and dark sides of snow-birding in sunshine states through the lens of a drifting Atlantic Canadian folk singer. Recorded with twin fiddles, Hawaiian guitars, synthesizers and three-part harmonies, Cook and company go highway driving in search of the proverbial great time.
Other South Shore tour dates include a pre-launch show at Sip Cafe in Yarmouth Nov. 2; Hell Bay Brewing Company in Liverpool Nov. 4 and The Trellis Cafe in Hubbards Nov. 5.
If you go: Admission for the show is $20. The Shelburne shows usually sell out in advance; reservations are recommended by calling 902-875-2862.