Cook warms up stage for Firefall |

Cook warms up stage for Firefall

BRECKENRIDGE – Singer and songwriter Nancy Cook will warm up the stage for Firefall with tunes about love, friendship and relationships.

Firefall has influenced Cook’s music from the time she began to perform in Florida to more recently, when she took lessons from Jock Bartley to take her music to the next level.

“When I began to play in college, the band represented Colorado to me, and I was living in Florida,” Cook said. “In a way, it was sort of a precursor, or a taste of Colorado. (Then, eight or nine years ago), I took lessons from Jock Bartley. He pushed my guitar-playing into a new direction. He got me out of a rut. I felt like I was locked in (a specific guitar style) and didn’t know how to break out. A lot of what he did was clean up my technique, and I could move on from there. The nature of my writing and playing became more adventurous.”

Cook, a 14-year-resident of Summit County, went from singing other people’s songs to creating her own in 1991. Since then, she has cut three CDs and toured throughout the Southeast, Pacific Northwest and Texas. Her latest release, “Road By Road,” has led to invitations to appear at the prestigious Napa Music and Wine festival in California and to perform on a segment of the Texas Music Cafe television show, with 75 Public Broadcasting Service affiliates.

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