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American country singer Elizabeth Cook talks about her music roots, a radio gig, and her latest album ‘Exodus of Venus’. (image: courtesy artist)

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8pm  MT

Elizabeth Cook began her career in music at age 4, singing Hank Williams songs in the family band. Her father learned to play bass in prison after he was caught running moonshine for the mafia. Her mother, whom Elizabeth describes as a “hillbilly singer”, soon after began writing original songs for her daughter. By age 9, Elizabeth was recording songs and playing gigs at the local hay seed shop. CKUA’s Allison Brock caught up with the American country singer at the 2016 Calgary Folk Music Festival. During their meeting, Elizabeth performed live renditions of songs from her sixth studio album, Exodus of Venus, and shared stories about her musical upbringing, her gig as a country radio host, and her recent collaboration with producer turned paramour Dexter Green. This week on CKUA Live, we’ll feature that session, plus performances from Caleb Klauder and a toe-tapping set from Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys captured live at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

That’s on CKUA Live, this Friday at 8pm MT on CKUA.