James Cook

Luke Bryan bassist on how Rocco Prestia and James Jamerson shaped his playing

Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
November 26, 2018

By David Sands

James “Cap’n” Cook has been a staple of the country music scene for some time now, bringing home the low-tones for a slew of beloved country artists like Vince Gill, Sarah Buxton, Steve Wariner, Tracy Byrd and Brad Martin. Most recently he’s been working with Luke Bryan, the singer-songwriter behind radio hits like “Do I” and “Country Girl (Shake it for Me)” as well as CMA’s 2014 “Entertainer of the Year.”

Beyond the country music realm, Cook has toured, recorded and performed with the likes of The Doobie Brothers, Sam Bush, Victor Wooten and The Box Tops and performed with his own bands Stone and the Levees. The Nashville based multi-instrumentalist and producer also runs his own recording studio, Studio On The Ridge and teaches instructional bass and drum clinics with his Luke Bryan bandmate Kent Slucher.

FBPO’s Jon Liebman had a chance to speak with Cook about his early years playing gospel and honkytonk, his gear of choice and life on the road during a recent Luke Bryan performance at Detroit’s Ford Field.

Watch our interview with James!

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