Phil Cook

Phil Cook


Our resident instrumental wizard Phil Cook will be hitting the road with fellow North Carolina folk band Hiss Golden Messenger this Fall, opening up as well as playing organ with HGM. Check out Phil’s full tour schedule below, and pick up your copy of Phil’s beautiful and timeless This Side Up EP, if you haven’t yet!

08.21 Olympia, WA – Capitol Theater Backstage *
08.22 Seattle, WA – Triple Door *
08.23 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *
09.05 Durham, NC – Bull Durham Blues Festival @ Hayti Heritage Center ^
09.06 Raleigh, NC – Trekky/Middle West Day Party @ Hopscotch Music Festival ~
11.06 Seattle, WA – Barboza #
11.07 Vancouver BC – The Biltmore Cabaret #
11.08 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge #
11.10 Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place #
11.11 San Francisco, CA – The Independent #
11.13 Los Angeles, CA – The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery #

*with Amy Ray
^ with The Campbell Brothers
~ with Caitlin Rose, Loamlands
# with Hiss Golden Messenger


With 2011′s Hungry Mother Blues, Phil Cook established himself as a solo musician with a singular vision. Known as a brilliant collaborator with his bands Megafaun and The Shouting Matches, as well as contributor to Hiss Golden Messenger, Cook took the lead and delivered an LP of gorgeous folk instrumentals. However, Cook’s hunger for collaboration wouldn’t subside, and he soon formed a small ensemble to give his compositions a new depth. Featuring Nick Sanborn (Megafaun, Sylvan Esso) on bass and Daniel “Yan” Westerlund (Bowerbirds) on drums, This Side Up is an intimate session featuring old and new tunes by Phil Cook, performed by a trio fully in sync. This Side Up will be released on August 13th as a limited edition 12″ with a custom-stamped foil seal.  The first 50 pre-orders will receive a free, unreleased bonus track called “Ponysaurus”.

For a first listen to This Side Up standout, “The Jensens”, head over to Paste.

To celebrate the release of This Side Up, Phil Cook will be supporting The Be Good Tanyas on their upcoming UK tour.  Additional US and EU dates to follow:

08.27 Sheffield, UK – Sheffield Memorial Hall*
08.28 Brighton, UK – St Georges Hall*
08.29 Utrecht, NL – Ekko #​
08.30 Nijmegen, NL – Merleyn​ ^
09.02 London, UK – Union Chapel*
09.03 Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Centre*
09.05 Glasgow, UK – ABC*
09.06 Gateshead, UK – The Sage Gateshead*
09.07 Reading, UK – Town Hall*

*with The Be Good Tanyas
#with William Tyler & Strand of Oaks
^with Daniel Norgren

If you missed Phil Cook and the Guitarheels’ once-in-a-lifetime performance of Ry Cooder’s Boomer’s Story last week, you can still experience the event through the magic of the internet. Watch this wonderful clip of the super-group performing “Ax Sweet Mama” at Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC. Limited edition, screen-printed posters for the show are also now available in the Trekky Records Online Store.

Phil Cook and the Guitarheels will play Ry Cooder’s Boomer’s Story this Friday at Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC. The supergroup consists of members of Megafaun, Chatham County Line, Hiss Golden Messenger, Mandolin Orange and more. Trekky Records’ Will Hackney made this short documentary about the project. Watch it now and buy your tickets here, while you still can!


On May 10, 2013, modern-traditionalist Phil Cook will assemble a group of musicians to reinterpret and perform Boomer’s Story, an oft-forgotten classic in the canon of American roots-rock, recorded in 1972 by Ry Cooder. The album has served as an important influence for Cook, in his solo work as well as his contributions to Megafaun and The Shouting Matches. For the celebration, Cook has assembled a house band of fellow Ry Cooder disciples, to help bring the album to life. Members of Megafaun, Mount Moriah, Hiss Golden Messenger, Mandolin Orange, The Tender Fruit and more will play the album in its entirety at Haw River Ballroom, in Saxapahaw, NC. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 day-of, and are on sale now.