Winston Cook is an American singer-songwriter from Houston, drawing from the influences of alternative, rock, indie, and folk genres. Starting off as a classically trained French Horn player in his formative years, Winston soon picked up the guitar and began developing his craft of songwriting. In addition to being a vocalist and songwriter, he also plays guitar, piano and harmonica. His lyrics strive for emotional depth and clever poeticism, while the full band arrangements uphold the climactic, melodic, and symphonic qualities that he learned in his early years as a musician. From the classical music upbringing to his eclectic mix of influences, Winston Cook’s music is sure to surprise in every way from delicate moods of intimacy to powerhouse-level performances.
Winston has played many well-known music venues such as McGonigel's Mucky Duck, Dosey Doe, 04 Center, The Saxon Pub, and Old Quarter. Winston has performed as a support artist for Grammy Nominated Danielle Nicole Band, and for Grammy Winner, Rick Trevino. Winston has also shared the stage with other National and Regional acts like Jake Worthington, Midnight River Choir, Hold on Hollywood and Folk Family Revival.
For the first six years of his solo career, Winston Cook was cutting his teeth around the Texas music scene and frequenting listening rooms such as Saxon Pub, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, and Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe. It was at the latter venue where he eventually met Lincoln Love, formerly known as Lincoln Lankford from Folk Family Revival. The two of them hit it off and started playing shows almost immediately. With Winston’s unique sound as a singer-songwriter and Lincoln’s complex rhythmic prowess, the duo showed great potential in a small number of shows.
Despite their intriguing and energetic first shows together, they knew something was missing. What they didn’t foresee was that “something” was Steven James, a Scotland native with over 10 years experience playing with Scooter Brown Band, touring all around the US, Canada, and Japan. As a multi-instrumentalist and a singer-songwriter to boot, Steven lended his bass guitar and backup vocal ability to the group. It was the warm, seasoned embrace the duo needed. The result was a sound that excites, a sound that intrigues, and a sound that proudly stands on its own.
Together, they are a band of brothers, bonded by the desire to give new life to what is currently dying in music today: authenticity.
Winston's band/duo also features Lincoln Love, who with his brothers, founded Folk Family Revival. Lincoln has played with, recorded and toured with numerous legendary artists like George Jones, Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Eddie Money. He's also shared the stage with well-known Texas acts like Roger Creager, Kevin Fowler and Uncle Lucius. Lincoln is Houston's most versatile drummer and real crowd pleaser on stage.
Steven James Sutherland
Steven is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Aberdeen, Scotland. Before joining Winston Cook and his band, Steven was longtime bassist and backup vocalist for Scooter Brown Band, touring with them for 10 years and playing shows throughout the US, Japan, and Canada. During that time, he performed three consecutive years at Charlie Daniel's Volunteer Jam, put on annually in front of 18,000 spectators. His travels have also brought him to play shows at the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, brushing shoulders with the likes of Chris Stapleton, Whiskey Myers, Dwight Yoakam, 3 Doors Down, and others. In addition to the bass guitar, Steven plays piano, 6-string guitar, drums, and harmonica.