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Mark Cook (guitarist/producer) resides in Atlanta, GA. He has been a musician most of his life, starting by playing the guitar at the age of 15 and forming a career as both a musician and a guitar teacher in 1985. He feels very fortunate that he has been able to make a living at doing something he loves - playing AND making music!
Mark has always been interested in writing his own songs and now has 4 albums containing all original material. Mark has had some recent placements in TNT network's "Saving Grace" (two episodes) starring Holly Hunter, "Without a Trace", "Eastwick", MTV's "Camped Out", ABC's family channel - "Kyle XY", and ABC's "Lost". Movie placements include: "Buried Alive" 2007 starring Tobin Bell and "Bad Lieutenant" starring Nicholas Cage and Val Kilmer.
Mark has had the pleasure to work some great talent. Some of the finest musicians out of Atlanta have contributed their talents on his album "Blue Voodoo." Musicians such as Larry Griffith, Sam Skelton, Andrew Black, Lola Gulley, Sean O'Rourke, Bobby Mobley, Heaven Davis, Joey Huffman, etc., have all contributed.
Some of Mark's accolades over the years include: FOUR times winner of the JPFolks Music Awards - held each year in Los Angeles CA. Three of his albums, "An Evening with the Blues," "Promise Highway," and "Blue Voodoo," have all won "Best Blues Album of the Year" award for 2001, 2002, and 2006 respectively. The title track of "Blue Voodoo" went on to win "Best Rock Instrumental of the Year". Winning these awards was an extreme honor as there were over 350,000 entries from over 100 countries.
His albums have been reviewed in magazine publications such as: GUITAR PLAYER, VINTAGE GUITAR, RECORDING MAGAZINE, BLUES REVUE, etc., as well as several on-line music sites. Mark continues to perform around the Atlanta area as well as the midwest with his two bands - "Cook-N-Blues" and "Blind Spot". For up and coming gig information, visit Mark on his website.