Shaken . . . Not Stirred by Jeff Cook
After leaving the road when country group Alabama disbanded in 2004, and then releasing his first album with his Allstar Goodtime Band in 2009, fiddle player/guitarist Jeff Cook returns for a collection of cover tunes that goes far beyond typical country fare.
Jeff and his band place country gems like Porter Wagoner’s “Misery Loves Company” alongside a spot-on rendition of R&B crooner Jackie Wilson’s “Lonely Teardrops.” Other highlights include versions of The Beatles’ “She’s a Woman” (with a nod to the Sir Douglas Quintet’s copycat hit “She’s About a Mover”) and John Schneider’s “(I’ve Been Around) Enough to Know.”
The band really lets loose with some good-natured fun on the album’s finale, a medley of classics including “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On” and “Surfin’ USA.” Still, Jeff’s vocal style doesn’t always mesh well with his song choices. Guest Danielle Peck’s fresh warble easily outpaces Jeff’s weathered voice on the sultry “Fire.”
This album doesn’t exactly shake, but the musical variety makes it worth listening to.