Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook has forged a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the wool country. With nuances of pop and western swing, Ryan’s songbook reminiscences of the early hillbilly and folk pioneers but stays very much in the current landscape. On stage Ryan has toured as a solo performer opening for Country purists like Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, & Travis Tritt. His acoustic live show combines thumb- picking guitar styles, original folk & country ballads and vintage music from the 1940ʼs and 1950ʼs.
Ryan has received over 20 nominations in Atlantic Canada, four Album of the Year awards in Nova Scotia, written, produced and published music in Nashville, TN. He has performed musical tribute shows to Hank Williams Sr. as well as Merle Travis, and Merle Haggard.
His 2017 album Having a Great Time explores both the light and dark sides of snow-birding in sunshine states, through the lens of a drifting Canadian folk singer. Recorded at New Scotland Yard Studios in Dartmouth, NS with twin fiddles, Hawaiian guitars, and three-part harmonies, Ryan Cook and company go highway driving in search of the proverbial great time.