James Taylor’s enduring popularity, and his prolific ability to write hit songs like, “Fire and Rain”, “Shower the People” and “Country Road” has been the soundtrack of our lives, touching on subjects and emotions common to so many of us that he’s like an old friend.
Angelo Cooke began playing guitar around 1970 in Brooklyn NY. His first guitar was a nylon string classical guitar he discovered hidden in his parent’s closet. It wasn’t long before he was “borrowing” his brother’s steel string Kay guitar, learning songs like Elton John’s “Your Song” and studying masters like Bob Dylan, John Denver, and the Beatles.
By the early 1980’s Angelo had moved to Tampa and was playing venues like Oyster Catchers, Rough Riders and Jimmy Mac’s. He was influenced by many of the artists and bands of that time but his greatest fascination was with James Taylor’s songs and his unique finger-style guitar playing. Angelo has said, “I’ve seen him live many times, and I’m always intrigued by a little nuance in a run or an unusual chord progression.”
These days Angelo is playing along the Tampa Bay beaches at places like Capt. Bill's Beach Kitchen and the Paradise Grille. He performs with his wife Penny, as the C Sharp Duo. They cover a very broad range of artists and styles, but he is most recognized for his ability to perform James Taylor tunes to near perfection by emulating his finger-style guitar playing and vocal style.
On Saturday, Feb. 4th, Angelo Cooke will offer an evening of James Taylor songs and stories taking you back through a lifetime of musical creation, and possibly through the memories of your own life as well.
Opening act: Brian Caudill
The show will open with Tampa Bay favorite Brian Caudill performing original material from his popular CD “Pocketful of Change” and possibly a couple new tunes which have not been recorded yet! Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of our favorite “cover” artists focus on his own fabulous songwriting. You’ll certainly enjoy his bold acoustic guitar work and his compelling voice.
As an added treat, Brian will join Angelo and Penny on electric guitar and vocals near the end of the show for a few of the James Taylor tunes, adding a little bit of a band feel for a few selections. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see these folks combining forces!