Win Tickets ($34): Elizabeth Cook @ Aladdin Theater | Americana, Old-school Country, Bluegrass, Folk, w/ Lee Harvey Osmond

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Elizabeth Cook @ Aladdin Theater on October 4. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, October 3.


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Elizabeth CookElizabeth Cook
w/ Lee Harvey Osmond

October 4, 2016
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $15 ADV, $17 Doors | Minors OK w/ Guardian

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Elizabeth Cook didn’t quite know what she was doing. But she knew there were songs, and they had to get out. Six even years since her critically acclaimed Welder, as well as much personal tumult, there were songs that needed to be born.

“If anything, (Exodus) is a pledge of allegiance for the bad girls and the Homecoming Queens who got caught in a scandal. It’s a bill of rights, and a testimony for those good girls who got away with more than they should have.

“I’m slow, and getting slower,” laughs the lanky blond, unapologetically. “I’m taking my time, really drilling down. There were nine versions of ‘Methadone Blues.’ I’ve never done that before. I love that entrenchment and dedication – and I wasn’t going to do any less than what needed to be done.”

From Dexter Green’s (also the album’s producer) opening electric guitar, equal parts foreboding and fraught, “Exodus of Venus” hurls a churlish witness to erotic upheaval and the drives that subsume our best notions. “Exodus” is an exhortation of sexual surrender that pushes past the brink of reason.

For fans of the Florida-born’n’raised Cook, a Grand Ole Opry regular, SiriusXM Outlaw Country hostess and David Letterman favorite, Exodus of Venus will be something of a shock. If she maintains the tang of her drawl, what emerges – beyond Cook’s always vibrant and vivid sense of detail – is a song cycle soaked in turpentine, musk and honey.

From the sweltering tumble of B-3 on the funky, shuffling “Methadone Blues” to the elegiac dignity of “Tabitha Tuder’s Mama” and the Velvet Underground on fire bristle of “Brokedown in London on the M25,” Cook’s shouldering a deeper passion for the state of living today – and the crashing into the wall reality we all go through. If in the past Cook relied on wit and a certain dogpatch charm, Venus commands a raw knuckled truth that’s even more searing.

“There hasn’t been a lot to laugh about,” confesses the effervescent songwriter who once penned “It Takes Balls To Be A Woman” with equal parts Dolly Parton pluck and Loretta Lynn brio. “Things have been heavy and dark, and I feel really different. I aspire to be more than clever or dark or poignant, but to be honest. I want that to supersede everything.

“Emotionally, mentally, physically – it’s all been tested,” she continues, “and it set me up straight. It was hard, but it’s a good thing. Really hard lessons in resilience… All of it is in the record.”

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15 Responses to Win Tickets ($34): Elizabeth Cook @ Aladdin Theater | Americana, Old-school Country, Bluegrass, Folk, w/ Lee Harvey Osmond

  1. Anne September 26, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    Great artist, great venue.

    • Kathleen Rogers September 27, 2016 at 11:22 pm #

      Wasn’t a homecoming queen, but can relate to the bad girl rep. Great tunes,love the Alladdin!

  2. Lois September 27, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    Elizabeth Cook writes some the best, cleverest, sassiest lyrics around. I would really love ve to see this show!

  3. AJ Slepian September 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

    I love bluegrass it would be so fun to see it in person.

  4. Drew September 27, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    I’m a big bluegrass fan and I would love to go to this show.

  5. Ally September 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

    Sounds like a great girls’ night!

  6. Dave G. September 28, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    My kind of Cook(ing)….Let’s eat!

  7. Kathy L. Rankin September 28, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    I have not been to the Alladin theater in a long time and actually miss the place! It is a great venue for live shows and they have someone there that knows the music well.
    Even for blues grass shows, Portland has its great artists selected to play at the best venues like this one! I hope you pick me as this would be a foot stompin’ band to sing along with!

  8. Judy September 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    My oldest daughter loves County Music! It fills her soul and she would love to hear this amazing singer!bbb

  9. Kelly September 28, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    This would just be amazing!

  10. Rich Allen September 29, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    Miss seeing blue grass at the old old original Helvatia!

  11. Danielle September 30, 2016 at 8:06 am #

    I need more bluegrass.

  12. Bob Blackey September 30, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    Sounds like such a cool show – love seeing an artist for the first time!

  13. Judy October 1, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    She turned her hard knocks life into song for all of us! I admire her!

  14. Cory October 2, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    Cook me up some tix!!!!!!!

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