For Elizabeth Cook it takes a certain tenacity to meld smart attitude with classic tradition, the credibility of a life lived with genuine hillbilly passion, and the integrity to write an acclaimed cache of uncommonly cool songs.
To say that Cook's background is like something out of a country song would be wildly underestimating the entire genre. The youngest of 11 half-siblings, she grew up in rural Florida where her musician parents met while playing in local bars. Her father learned to play upright bass in a prison band while serving 11 years for running moonshine. They had Cook singing on stage at the age of four. Cook had her own band at 9.
Cook graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1996 with degrees in accounting and computer information systems. Soon after she released the independent album Elizabeth Cook/The Blue Album in 2000, and made her major label debut in 2002 with Hey Y'all.
All of this leads directly to Cook's album, Balls. For the artist who dares to describe herself as "a girl with an affinity for vintage cocktail dresses but believes in baiting her own hook," her new album is the twanged clarion of a bold new stage in an already fearless career. Because for Elizabeth Cook, having Balls is just the beginning.
Cook made her Opry debut on March 17, 2000.