by Dan Schram
Sunday evening at the Cat's Cradle brought the Trekky Records-sponsored EP release for Phil Cook's latest effort, This Side Up.
The show, which was moved indoors from the Steel String Brewery to the Cradle, was a gathering of Cook's friends. Ryan Gustafson opened, playing solo acoustic and debuting a number of new songs. The Loamlands followed, with a new bass and rhythm section that added more depth to their previous duo lineup.
Cook took the stage starting off in his familiar solo format. He told a few stories and played a few songs before being joined by the rest of his band. In addition to playing a few numbers from This Side Up, they touched on a few numbers from Boomer's Story as well as Cook's previous release, Hungry Mother Blues. Below are a few clips from the performance.
"D.L.'s Holler," named after former INDY Week staff photographer D.L. Anderson:
"Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave It There," a traditional gospel number dedicated to Cook's grandfather: