Joe T Cook – (Joe Lundheim) and John Franken were the first act to be sent by GTCBMS to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January of 2004 after winning the Road to Memphis Challenge held at the Viking Bar in October 2003. In 2007, Joe was selected as a finalist in the International Songwritering Competition for his song, “Gravy Train”. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch one of the Twin Cities’ premier blues performer/songwriters,
“Joe T Cook.blows one of the most expressive, fluid harps in town. His strong, passionate vocals, solid originals, and deep blues roots always makes for a solid show. He has a tight, solid band to call upon with the talented John Franken on lead, John’s brother Mike (a Cannon Falls resident) on drums, and normally Jimmy Flynn on bass. Tonight the very capable bassist John Schroder was filling in on bass. This tight, solid blues band plays some great, old blues songs with deep roots and achieves a sound that seems to bridge the great blues from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s to the blues of today. Their sound has a retro quality with a hipness and style that’s right at home today.
Joe kicked things off strong with the steady rolling “Doggie Blues.” His deep, rich and full harp sound played well off John’s crisp, clear, multi-tone guitar riffs rippling out from his hollow body guitar. Joe brought his smooth, fluid harp down low for some great repeating riffs and up high and penetrating. On their signature song, “Longshot,” Joe’s hip vocals, his nice, low, rich harp sound, and the band’s great, tight playing made this a highlight. “Winter Time Blues,” something all Minnesota natives understand, gave John and Joe a chance to shine on their instruments. Joe’s powerful, soaring harp, followed by some nice, slowly bent notes, and low, grinding effect drove the song. John’s piercing, ringing chords, bell-like chord progressions added texture and passion. The song slowly built in tempo and volume to a great harp flourish finish by Joe.” (This review is copyright © 2003 by Rich Benson, and Blues On Stage at: www.mnblues.com, all rights reserved. Copy, duplication or download prohibited without permission.)