Phil Cook Presents Given Family / Chosen Family

Phil Cook Presents Given Family / Chosen Family

Rissi Palmer Band, Kamara Thomas

Sat Dec 8

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$22 Advance / $25 Day of show

This event is all ages

Phil Cook
Phil Cook
“We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.”
-Tennessee Williams
Transforming pain and injustice into love and compassion is a rendering that has been universal to poets and prophets for centuries. In present times, choosing to amplify community and positivity through art can seem like a radical act. With the arrival of People Are My Drug, Phil Cook is taking the spark from lights left on by musical heroes and offering a torch for listeners as they navigate their own dark corners. Where 2015’s Southland Mission illuminated for listeners what Phil Cook hears in his head, this latest record lays bare the way that music makes him feel. Side A alone, culminating with the shiver-inducing “Another Mother’s Son,” has the capacity to light a fire in even the coldest of hearts.
Having only recently stepped to the center of the stage as a solo artist, Cook now takes a moment, citing the power of community as his thesis statement. Each track asserts that he alone is no greater than the sum of the people who have brought him to this moment. Instead of standing on the shoulders of his heroes, Cook is humbly kneeling at their feet. Since Southland Mission, Cook has performed with childhood heroes including Mavis Staples, Bruce Hornsby, John Prine, Amy Ray and The Blind Boys of Alabama. Cook notes, “I see life on a timeline that includes multi-generations. As someone who has sought mentors my whole life, I am honoring the people who shaped who I am, not only musically, but spiritually, emotionally and personally.” He brings that forward in every note on People Are My Drug.
Cook has firmly planted his roots in his adopted hometown of Durham, NC for the last decade, while simultaneously maintaining a musical presence in the upper-Midwest where he was raised. Cook and his band recorded and mixed in both Wisconsin and North Carolina, finishing the record in ten days. The result is a spiritual tour de force, delivered from the gut with open arms. Enlisting Brad Cook as producer was a given, as the two Cooks have spent their entire lives working alongside one another. They've long developed an honest working relationship based on the love of family and community, as well as staying true to oneself artistically.
His band, The Guitarheels, comprised of drummer JT Bates, bassist Michael Libramento and pianist James Wallace, forged a common language touring the world with Cook. Fueled by the power of that chemistry, Cook crafted each new song with reverence for each players’ artistic brilliance. He imagined vocalist Tamisha Waden (Foreign Exchange) soaring above “Steampowered Blues” and turned to collaborator Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) to co-write “Miles Away”, a plainly honest song about the complexity of emotional proximity. He heard Brevan Hampden's distinct sanctified tambourine in his head the whole time he was writing for the sessions. The composition of the record plays as a love letter to Phil’s greatest inspiration of all: People.
People Are My Drug is a radical album, in every sense of the word. In 2018 choosing community and positivity and music is radical. Cook’s smile is still as infectious and ernest as it’s ever been. However, he presently appears charged with a newly-minted seriousness that is revealed to listeners in solidarity, that he too is fighting like hell to keep love alive.
Rissi Palmer Band
Rissi Palmer Band
Since releasing her self-titled CD in October 2007, singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer has received widespread media attention including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People Magazine, GIANT, New York Post, VIBE, CBS Saturday Early Show, Huffington Post, Extra, CNN, and many more.

Palmer's singles "Country Girl,” “Hold On To Me,” and “No Air” were all on the Billboard Country Charts, making her the first African-American woman to have a song on the country charts in 20 years. She recorded an exclusive EP for Starbucks, her videos were fan favorites on CMT and GAC and she has been an invited performer at the White House and the Grand Ole Opry on numerous occasions. Rissi’s songs have appeared on television shows such as Saving Grace, Army Wives, and Heartland and in the feature film The Woodsman starring Kevin Bacon.

2013 saw the release of her children’s LP, simply entitled Best Day Ever, featuring 10 songs---all happy, all light, all “comfort food” for the soul and is what Rissi calls “a sophisticated children’s album” while also being melodic nostalgia for adults. Two tracks from the album have recently been featured on Smiles Ahead and Heart Beats, all-star kindie music compilation cds sold exclusively through Hallmark.

Rissi is now in a new phase with the release of The Back Porch Sessions, a 5 song EP described as “Southern Soul”. This song collection blends together all her musical influences – from country to soul and R&B and has received rave reviews from publications such as Rolling Stone Country, PerezHilton.com, People Magazine as well as an appearance on the nationally syndicated Tavis Smiley Show and NPR’s The State of Things.
Kamara Thomas
Kamara Thomas
Kamara Thomas, writes hypnotic musical tales and astro-religious songspells-- sometimes personal, sometimes tragic, sometimes true-- culled from the rich and ancient landscape of the American experience.

A myriad of intricate vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental adventures lilt over southern, folk-rock, country-soul, and dreamy pop grooves. In other words, satisfaction guaranteed.