If you have yet to hear of the Chad Cooke Band, let us be the first to introduce to you these lively Houston honky tonkers! The band has a new album out this Friday, October 26th and ‘Risk It All’ is one you do not want to miss. Recorded in Nashville, TN at Saxman Studios, produced by Grady Saxman, and mixed by Jim Cooley…the band really is all in with their sophomore record and has seamlessly woven a modern sound with tried and true classic country flares. With 9 new tracks, ‘Risk It All’ has something for everyone…
- Risk It All – For the feelin’ lucky gamblers – this punchy title track/love song is an exciting takeoff to the album and has a chorus you can’t help but sing along to!
- Whatever It Takes – For the bold daredevils – it’s fun and it’s catchy and will sweep you off your feet with its fantastic visual lyric approach. An instant add to our TMP playlist!
- No Man’s Land – For the brokenhearted – the project takes a serious slow down with killer electric guitar riffs and CCB takes the listener to a new yet perhaps familiar land if you’ve been left by someone you love.
- Little Miss Saturday Night – For the ladies – get ready for an energetic two-stepper that will have you ready to tear up the dancefloor!
- 4 Minutes – For the slow dancers – every honky tonk album needs an ultra smooth slow song that makes folks inch closer and closer…this is THAT song and its romantic theme will warm you better than a shot of whiskey.
- Life Behind Bars – For the bar keeps – a clever simile laments the best story of the album describing the tough life spent in bars and does so with a damn good sound. Our *PICK* of the album!
- Fire and Smoke – For the sad song lovers – heart-tugging lyrics to the tune of classic steel guitar and a gorgeous showcase of the band’s harmonies…everything you need in a proper country song!
- Come and Take It – For the Texans and Hurricane Harvey victims – a heartfelt and encouraging ode to the Lone Star State after the effects of Hurricane Harvey.
- Grow – For the family – an endearing song with petals of stories that bloom good ‘ol family values…it’s purely heartwarming.
Texas Music Pickers: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Chad Book Band: We are the Chad Cooke Band, based out of Houston, TX, and we are here to bring country music to the masses one honky tonk at a time! We’re a four-piece group with Chad Cooke on guitar and vocals, Kevin Pool on bass, Mike Neyra on drums, and Dallas McGilberry on lead guitar. We’ve been together since 2016 and we can’t wait to see what the future holds?
TMP: Who would you describe as your musical influences?
CCB: Our individual musical influences vary from member to member, but as a band, we really enjoy what’s happening in the Texas scene today. We spend a lot of time on the road jamming to artists like Cody Johnson, Jon Wolfe, and William Clark Green, to name a few. But we always find time to revert back to the kings of country like George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, and all the other greats who’s boots we are trying to fill.
TMP: How would you describe your style and sound?
CCB: Modern country with a traditional flare. I like to think we have something for everyone when it comes to our music. Hand in the air anthems like “Whatever it Takes”, return to the nineties dance halls with “Little Miss Saturday Night”, and family-oriented story songs like “Grow”. These songs give you an idea of the spectrum of music we like to cover. Regardless of the style, the most important part of our music is the songwriting. We try to find a way to connect with people on a personal level through telling a story. Delivering modern dynamics that the listener can feel with train-like four-part harmonies has become a big part of who we are and we’re proud of that!
TMP: With this being your sophomore album, what are you hoping to accomplish?
CCB: That’s a great question. We never expected our song “Oil Man” from the ‘Easy Way Home’ album to take off as quickly as it did, but its success has left some big shoes to fill, which, in itself is a great problem to have! Our goal with this record and each one hereafter is to hopefully make a “better” record each time. For us, that begins and ends with the songs. If you don’t have the songs, you don’t have anything. This is country music! Our biggest hope is that the music will reach people in a way they can relate too. Something they can come back to and listen to over and over again.
TMP: What are some of the biggest differences between this album and your debut album?
The biggest difference with the new album is that it’s a total collaborative group effort. Shortly after ‘Easy Way Home’, we started finding ourselves as a band. We’ve all been country music fans our whole lives and we individually bring different elements of country music to this band. That’s what makes this new record so special is that unlike the first, it wasn’t just me writing and making all the decisions. Every painstaking detail of ‘Risk It All’ was hashed out again and again by this group. That passion and dedication is what really sets this album apart.
CCB: Why did you call it “Risk It All”?
I think the title really sums up how we felt about this album while we were making it. The title really embraces our “double down” attitude. If we’re going to do something, we’re doing it right, and we’re pulling all the stops, putting it all on the line. We also couldn’t help but notice that the catalog of songs followed that narrative too. Somewhere in these songs is someone willing to take a risk, whether it’s in the title track “Risk It All”, “Whatever It Takes”, or “4 Minutes”. This record is us putting our hard work on the line and I don’t know what’s riskier than that!
TMP: Our favorite track is “Life Behind Bars” can you give us some background on it?
CCB: We knew we wanted to add another track to the album, so we began going through songs with our producer Grady Saxman. We received some really good material but nothing that really fit who we are as a band. Last minute, the night before we left for Nashville, we received permission to record this song Grady had mentioned to us called “Life Behind Bars” written by Jordan Walker/ Andy Albert / and Kendell Marvel (Walker McGuire/Luke Combs). We listened to the demo on the way to the airport for the first time together and we knew immediately it was the song to record. The lyrics hit home right off the bat. It had such a clever twist on the title and I think we’ve all been these characters that the song talks about. We play bars all over Texas, we have a front row seat every night to these venues. We felt like this song was true to us and true of the people we play for.
TMP: If you had to pick just one song from the EP, which song are you the proudest of?
CCB: Individually we have our favorites on this record, but I think as a group “Come and Take It” has to be one of the songs we’re most proud of. We wrote it right after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas gulf coast in hopes that we’d be able to just contribute something, even if it was just a song. The song itself represents everything we stand for as Texans. No matter what adversity we’re faced with, if you want what we’ve got, you better Come and Take It, because we’re not giving up without a fight! The song was our first co-write with our good friend Skye Claire. Since the song’s release, people have shared their trials and moments of perseverance with us and it’s been special to be a small part of that.
TMP: What do you have lined up for the release show?
CCB: We have 8 album release shows lined up over the next month and a half, stretching from Victoria all the way to Fort Worth. The first of which being on the album release date itself, Friday, October 26th at the Wildcatter Saloon in Katy, TX. We’re currently promoting the pre-release by making the record available for the low price of $5.99 on participating digital outlets until the actual release date later this month on October 26, 2018. Check out our full inventory of merchandise, show schedule, and more only at www.chadcookeband.com
TMP: As of right now, what has been your most memorable live show so far?
CCB: We’ve had many memorable shows over this past year. Live on stage wedding proposals, playing outside getting swarmed by Mayflies, all that being said, one show seems to stand out the most. We did a gig recently with Whiskey Myers at the Wildcatter Saloon back in August. We perform at the Wildcatter regularly so it’s kind of a hometown venue for us. It was really special. For starters, it was a sold-out show, and Cody Cannon and I are cousins, so it was a bit of a family affair. We were celebrating Whiskey Myers success from the hit TV show ‘Yellowstone’ they had just appeared on, even more special, it happened to be the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. The Wildcatter had been devastated by the storm just a year earlier, so, to be standing on that stage playing “Come and Take It” in front of a crowd twenty-five hundred strong was memorable, to say the least.
TMP: What’s your favorite thing to eat while on the road?
CCB: Do margarita’s count as food!?!?
TMP: What does the rest of 2018 look like for the Chad Cooke Band?
CCB: Busy! With the release of “Risk It All” only 10 weeks before year end, we’re kicking things into overdrive. The album’s first single, “Whatever It Takes”, is currently being promoted on Texas radio, we’ll be on the road for 11 show dates, got a few radio interviews along the way, and the promotion never ends. As they say, “Now the fun begins”.
Enjoy an early listen of our *PICK* “Life Behind Bars” below!
Editorial contributor for Texas Music Pickers and a whole-hearted collector of Texas/Red Dirt tunes and the stories behind them. You can also find me on the dance floor.