ROD COOK and TOAST
Rod Cook is a well respected, in demand Seattle area guitarist known for his stylistic versatility and soulful, melodic playing. Best known for his work with Folk/funk, Americana artist Laura Love in the 1990's and the early part of this decade, guitarist, vocalist Rod Cook began the guitar at the age of nine. He started playing professionally at the age of 20 after playing in bands through his High School years. From the early 1980's to the early '90's he played with The Royals, a longtime mainstay in the Seattle blues and rock scene. In 1991 he teamed up with singer/songwriter/bassist Laura Love , recording seven albums with her, two of which were released on Mercury Records, and touring the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1993 he also teamed up with former Steve Miller Band guitarist James "Curley" Cooke and formed the acoustic guitar duo "Double Cookin'." In 1995 they released their only album, Double Cookin'. This duo still performs periodically. In 1996 he launched his own band, Rod Cook and Toast, a band performing original and cover material based in blues, rock, country, Americana, surf and American roots music in general. The band has recorded two albums (I Ain't The Fool, 1998 and Troublemaker, 2006). In 2003 he was introduced to young Tacoma singer/songwriter Vicci Martinez. He has been playing with her on a regular basis since 2004, recording three albums (On My Way, 2005, I Could Be A Boxer, 2007 and From The Outside In, 2009) as well as a DVD (Vicci Martinez Live, 2006). In addition to the Vicci Martinez Band, Rod Cook and Toast, and Double Cookin', Rod can be seen performing periodically with local Northwest icon Little Bill Englehart, new project Snake Oil with Mark Riley, Rob Moitoza and Marty Vadalabene, doing the ocassional solo acoustic gig, as well as hosting and guesting at various jam nights around the Seattle/Tacoma area.
Rod has also backed up blues legend Taj Mahal and opened as a solo act for Todd Rundgren, Sonny Landreth, and Charlie Musslewhite. He has been nominated numerous times for the Washington Blues Society's "Best Of The Blues" Awards, including nominations for all three guitar categories (Acoustic, Electric and Slide) in 1999, 2000 and 2004. In 2004 Rod received the award for "Best Acoustic Guitar" and "Best Electric Guitar" and in 2006 was again awarded the "Best Acoustic Guitar" award. In October 1998 he was featured in the national publication Acoustic Guitar magazine