In March, Pittsburgh got a visit from Gary Clark Jr., one of the most badass blues guitarists on the planet today. And on Sunday, Jack White comes to town.
Next week, at Brillobox, we get a visit from another one of the greats.
Jordan Cook, aka Reignwolf, is on his way to becoming a legend. He doesn't even have an EP to his name, let alone a full album, yet he's spent his summer so far playing at some of Europe's largest festivals: Glastonbury, Eurockéennes, Impact, Download - to name a few. Before that he was opening for Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath. And in 2013 he opened for a little band that goes by Pixies.
Cook is from Saskatchewan but he's called Seattle home for the past few years. He's 30 now, which means he's been playing guitar for about 28 years. In an interview, Cook told the Seattle Met : "I actually failed grade one because I was so heavily into guitar. My mom always says, while other kids were out playing baseball and basketball in front of the house, I would be downstairs rattling the china cabinets."
The article continues: "By age five, Cook was playing afternoon jam sessions at the local blues club; by nine, he was touring western Canada with his band of elementary school friends."
Just watch this video, of him performing live on KEXP, to get a sense of what's in store for Wednesday:
This is the same KEXP that, on their blog, described Reignwolf as "Robert Plant meets Layla-era Eric Clapton meets Stevie Ray Vaughan meets Jack White."
We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to this show. Enter by emailing your name to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put "reignwolf" in the subject line.
Somehow, tickets are still available via Ticketweb. $15, doors at 9. Pittsburgh psychedelic rockers Shaky Shrines open.
-- B. Conway