Pinecastle Remembers Jack Cooke

by | 11 Dec, 2009

JackCookeThe Staff of Pinecastle advise that they were saddened to hear the news of Jack Cooke’s passing this week.

It was a great pleasure and honor to work with Jack over the past few years. His first and only solo album, Sittin’ On Top Of The World, was released in February of 2007 and was met with strong reviews.

Jack’s legacy is known throughout the bluegrass world and his playing has influenced innumerable musicians.

‘That’s The Way the Cookie Crumbles’ sounds like it fell out of the Clinch Mountain Boys songbook. Lauderdale sets Cooke in a deep, wide comfort zone, and the result has an authenticity that can’t be denied. Jack Cooke took his time and did it right, and his patience has definitely been rewarded. – State Of Mind.

Jack Cooke steps out from behind his bass fiddle to lead a talented ensemble of old friends through a batch of traditional tunes. There’s nothing revolutionary about the band’s approach to bluegrass, but it’s a pleasure to hear it handled so skillfully – Orlando Sentinel.

Cooke’s voice sounds like Ralph Stanley’s – a little more robust and enthusiastic, but otherwise just as authentic. But it’s the unmistakable thrill in Cooke’s voice that gives the project vibrant life – and distinction, regardless of whom it may remind us of  – Bob Strauss, LA Daily News.

Cooke made countless friends through close to 40 years as a member of Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys and we are proud to say we were among them. His memory and music will always carry on Pinecastle Records.

Listen to Pinecastle’s tribute to Jack Cooke.