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Elizabeth Cook

Balls

Making it in Nashville is a crapshoot. Sometimes the best talent just slips through the cracks at the major labels and ends up going the indie route. On one hand, the money may not be great, but the artistic freedom is invaluable. Elizabeth Cook had her chance, but due to events beyond her control, the big mainstream country push never materialized. It's their loss and our gain. Cook has one of those classic country voices – a little bit Dolly, a little bit Loretta and a little bit Pam Tillis. Like Loretta, she writes most of her songs and proves herself to be one strong woman. With the ability to deliver a pure honky-tonk tune such as "Don't Go Borrowing Trouble" and a stunning twang-up of the Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning," Cook shows some real hillbilly Balls. 4 stars

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Elizabeth Cook performs at Smith's Olde Bar Tues., June 5.