Eclectic country-western and swing ensemble, Ryan Cook & Sunny Acres featuring a Tribute to Buck Owens and the Bakersfield Sound will perform 14 shows throughout the Maritimes this fall, September 20 until November 23.
Blending jazz, hillbilly, folk and home-brewed Canadian ballads, Ryan Cook & Sunny Acres includes Ryan Cook on lead vocals and acoustic guitar in his impressive thumb-picking fashion, Kye Ehresman on drums, Dave Campbell on pedal steel, Jill Chambers on upright bass, and Phil Sedore on lead guitar. The five-piece band will be joined on rotation by harmony vocalists, Ruth Manning, Terra Spencer and Graham Moorehead.
A lot of the above, and the instrumentation of his music. The pedal steel is my favourite instrument and this show features a LOT of steel guitar. It’s the type of thing that isn’t heard enough at live concerts in 2019, when it IS visible it’s very much a backing instrument in modern country. It’s most nostalgic sound of classic country music I can think of.
I moved to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on the East Coast of Canada. It was my first summer living on Prince Edward Island so it was indeed pretty unusual, pretty surreal, and well… pretty. I only wish I had spent more time enjoying summer while it was here as it really is a fleeting thing in Atlantic Canada.
Nearly every winter for the past 7 years I’ve “snowbirded” or migrated south or far east and performed minimally in places like Florida, South Carolina, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Thailand, while catching up on writing and the administrative side of this bookings. I’d like to keep up with this lifestyle but it’s becoming difficult to keep up that pace while performing the other 7 months of the year and roaming constantly. I might travel, or a might stay in Atlantic Canada a bit longer as I have to finish up writing for my a new record and put out some new music.
I do have some international concert bookings for next Summer and plan to start touring again in Canada in May. This is also when I plan to put out my newest record which will be more of an acoustic songwriter record than the past albums which were fully produced.
I’m honoured for all the attention and spins that my last album Having a Great Time received. It was truly unexpected and continues to blow me away. I didn’t realize at the time I was making a record that would become my favourite of the four albums I’ve released. I’m hoping for the same miracle next time 🙂
Upcoming performances include:
Sept. 20-22 Parrsboro, NS Ship’s Company Theatre
Oct. 4 Nine Mile River, NS Nine Mile River Community Hall
Oct. 5 Yarmouth, NS The Red Knight
Oct. 11 Saint John, NB Imperial Theatre
Oct. 12 Miramichi, NB The Vogue
Oct. 13 Dorchester, NB Shepody House
Oct. 25 Halifax, NS Bearly’s House of Blues as part of the
Halifax Pop Explosion
Nov. 7 Pictou, NS deCoste Centre
Nov. 8 Guysborough, NS Chedabucto Performance Place
Nov. 15 Berwick, NS Union Street Café
Nov. 23 Summerside, PE Harbourfront Theatre
For tickets and show details visit: ryancook.ca/shows