Narrowing The Gap is Amanda Cook’s 3rd full-length album with Mountain Fever Records, already having delivered three strong singles “Get On Board,” West Virginia Coal,” and most recently “Lonesome Leaving Train” The album title points to Amanda’s ability to keep her eye on track with the goals of her music career, which are solidly well rounded. Making a foundational move with her family to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia almost two years ago was not only a brave new step but also a strategic one in light of the needs of being a touring musician. Jay, Florida, her original hometown didn’t lend itself geographically to the road time she was aiming for. Committed band mates Carolyne VanLierop-Boone, Troy Boone, Aaron “Frosty” Foster, George Mason, and Josh Faul were all on board with her planning.
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Originally from Jay, Florida, now making her home in the mountains of Soutwest, Virginia Amanda Cook acquired a love of bluegrass from her father who played banjo throughout her childhood. In early 2007, Amanda formed bluegrass group High Cotton with her father and received her first taste of performing, fueling a fire to continue on a professional level. In 2013, determined to create her own sound, Amanda stepped out on her own and released her first solo album One Stop Along the Road. The project made it to the top 150 Roots Music Bluegrass Album Charts for 2014 and 2015 (#61 for 2015 #56 for 2014). The self-released album also brought Amanda significant regional attention and furthered the desire to grow her brand, resulting in the addition of a full touring band. Amanda has created quite a loyal fan-base through her palpable delivery of a soul-wrenching song. And her light-hearted, down-to-earth style helps her create an undeniably strong connection with her audience.
In early 2017, Amanda signed with Mountain Fever Records and recorded her debut album on the label "Deep Water." Her 2nd release with Mountain Fever "Point of No Return" was released April 12, 2019. Starting off 2020 with a driving bluegrass tune "Get On Board" gears the band up for a great year ahead!
"I fell in love with Bluegrass Music at a very young age. My music is a blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass. My influences are Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless, and many others." -Amanda