Amy Cook – “Getting to You”
Pairs Well With…Brandi Carlile, The Dixie Chicks, Lucinda Williams
Every year at SXSW, we get our fair share of Austin-based singer-songwriters, but Amy Cook has really stood out while listening through this evening. Interestingly enough, there isn’t one element that really stands out in terms of innovating her folk/alt country genre. Everything, though, is a step up from the expected, including Cook’s inward-facing songwriting. Cook’s vocals range from sweetly honest to tough and gritty depending on the mood of the song, a talent that rounds out her set as a spectrum of sound instead of just doing one thing well. Amy Cook’s strongest release is last year’s Summer Skin, songs that she’ll surely be spotlighting when the SXSW crowd comes to town next month.