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On the 2011 cold road

This week the X brings you the incendiary guitar work of Jordan Cook, to warm your cold winter evenings, plus the comic theology of Kenneth Williams.


Hear Jordan Cook's full concert, courtesy of CBC Radio 2's Concerts on Demand.

Blues rocker Jordan Cook is a force to be reckoned with.  He started playing guitar at a very young age and was quickly acclaimed as a child prodigy.  He's shared the stage with players like B.B. King, Van Morrison, Edgar Winter, Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy), and The Tragically Hip.

Jordan was the first Canadian rocker to tour China, he was declared the revelation of Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival, and Maclean's Magazine named Cook in the '100 Canadians to Watch'.  Even late guitar master Jeff Healey once publicly introduced Cook as the finest player in the world today.
Today, Jordan is making some serious strides into the American market, and he even caught the attention of Alvin Handwerker, the business manager for AC/DC, Aerosmith and many others.  He's Jordan's manager now.
Jordan has a new album under his belt - 'Seven Deadly Sins' - and he's been touring with that for the last several months.  His live shows are explosive, very high energy, and powerful.  Immediately prior to returning to Saskatoon for this concert performance Jordan and his band did a month long residency at Los Angeles' acclaimed and notorious Viper Room.

This concert was part of 'On a Cold Road 2011', an annual showcase of some of Saskatoon's best and brightest bands.  This co-presentation between CBC Radio and SaskMusic took place at Louis' Pub on the University of Saskatchewan campus. An exciting new element for this year's event was the commissioning of a brand new song on the theme of the concert.  Jordan Cook's CBC commissioned work is called 'What I'm Fighting For'.

Jordan Cook's Seven Deadly Sins



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Kenneth T. Williams  is an award-winning Cree playwright and journalist. His plays Gordon Winter, Bannock Republic (also just released in print), Thunderstick, Suicide Notes, AWOL: Aboriginals Without Official Leave and Three Little Birds have been professionally produced and acclaimed across Canada.He also writes film scrripts, novels, theatre for young people, and the occasional column for CBC Radio (for bus fare). He is the first Aboriginal writer to earn an M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Alberta. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.