Amy Cook recruits Robert Plant, Patty Griffin and more for ‘Summer Skin’

Summer Skin, the superb new album from Amy Cook is set for an August 28 release on Roothouse Records/Thirty Tigers. The 12-songs on Summer Skin feature an all-star band, special cameos and Cook’s strongest songwriting and recording to date. Cook successfully achieves the perfect balance between intelligent, thoughtful singer/songwriter and strong rock chick. Rolling Stonesaid Cook is “…like a brassier, dusty Deborah Harry.”

Summer Skin represents a new plateau for Cook as an artist. “This is the happiest I’ve ever been with anything I’ve ever recorded,” says Cook, “I was working with people who really were able to get into my mind and help me let go of my expectations – instead of worrying ‘is this gonna rock hard enough or be rootsy enough or be smart enough.’” Those people begin with producer Craig Street, whose long list of credits includes Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Joe Henry & k.d. lang. Then comes an all-star band, featuring David Garza (guitar), Me’Shell N’Degeocello (bass), Chris Bruce (guitar) and Jonathan Wilson (drums).

Cook had a few other friends make some special contributions to Summer Skin. Robert Plant sings harmony with Cook on the beautiful “It’s Gonna Rain”, and joins Patty Griffin on the moody  “Airplane Driver”. Ben Kweller co-wrote and sings back up on the catchy rocker “Getting To You.”

Amy Cook’s 2010 independent release, Let The Light In, featuring the single “Hotel Lights”, garnered high praise from critics and helped introduce Cook to a much wider audience. The Austin American Statesman said, “Her voice carries one over the horizon, sweet and salty, innocent yet knowing. Her songs are honeyed with recurrent imagery and personal insights. Bliss.”

Cook’s songs have appeared in a number of  TV shows, such as The Good Wife, Veronica Mars, Dawson’s Creek, Laguna Beach and The L Word. Cook has gained respect and credibility from many of her musical peers, yet she is still better known in relatively small circles. With Summer Skin, Cook has brought her music to the next level and it is time for those circles to be broken.