We remember all those souls that carefully watched over us in our formative years. For Eli Cook, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf, Lightnin Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt were the gatekeepers for the riffs that ran through a young Eli s blues soaked head. He began playing at fourteen, performing at blues/gospel shows and revivals in his native Virginia. Eli Cook has grown up, evolving from the blues phenomenom dub of youth into a man whose blues are his own. On Ace, Jack & King he shows the cards are marked for a full frontal assault on the brain. Hair raising guitar sonics open the album with Death Rattle and set the pace/stage/bar for crunchy, swamp crawling distorted blues. Acoustic finger play and simple rhythms hold down one side of the Eli Cook coin with Catifish Blues, Black Eyed Dog and Suicide King. Push the needle hard in the other direction to find paint peeling, metal teasing electric blues on cuts such as Snake Charm and Crow Jane.