Biography

"Exploring all manners of backwoods blues, tints and tones and delicate hues... Expressive Bass with a signature sound."

Deeply rooted in Blues, Americana/Roots Rock, Alternative Country, Country Rock, Fusion & World Music. Anthony has played bass for several bands in Los Angeles & Orange County areas, and has also written many songs including one which was published in the National Library of Poetry. Anthony's bass playing philosophy is to blend & infuse each music genre, past and present to find that unique bass groove that complements the songwriter's vision and creates lasting Mojo.


Since 2010 Anthony has held down the bass chair for the prominent Americana Roots band, The Skylarks. The Skylarks band has the ability to cross musical boundries effortlessly… An eclectic blend of genres whereby international music critics have compared The Skylarks to; Early Eagles, Ricky Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band, Wilco, REM, Gram Parsons, Gin Blossoms, The Jayhawks, Son Volt, and Poco. A fiercly Americana Roots mix with a unique make up of talented musicians. The songwriting is well constructed, insightful and poetic, with exceptional harmonies.

The Skylarks have been played major music festivals and venues, and has garnered national and international radio airplay as well as placements in TV shows and commercials. The 2015 release of The Skylark's self-titled album has garnered positive acclaim by music critics worldwide; No Depression Magazine, The Alternate Root Magazine, Essentially Pop Magazine, Buzz Bands LA, Pop Culture, Magazine, Twangville Magazine, CD Baby, and Gram Parsons International.

For full music reviews, sample tracks, and/or additional information, please refer to The Skylarks website and Facebook page.

From 2001 - 2015 Anthony held down the electric and acoustic bass duties and back-up vocals for The Black Tongued Bells. The Bells tap everything from Roots Rock & Roll, Blues, Stax, Motown, Americana, Cajun & Gospel. In 2013 The Bells released the critically acclaimed "Every Tongue Has A Tale To Tell". The album listed as one of the top 50 CDs played in the world, as reported by The Roots Music Report, and ranked in the top 50 for ReverbNation. Also noted, the tune, JUKIN' JOINT, from "Every Tongue Has A tale To Tell" was listed in the Hit-Tracks Top 100. Refer to The Black Tongued Bells website for more information, international reviews, bio, international radio interviews, and a listing of over 200 radio stations including Sirius XM Radio, that are spinning The Bells on regular rotation.

The Black Tongued Bells have played in a variety of venues in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, and Northern California areas. In addition to being endorsed by The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, they have shared the same stage with well acclaimed national and international artists including; Walter Trout and Mike Campbell, Guitarist and Songwriter for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, David Lindley (Jackson Browne), Henry Rollins, Rick Shea, Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys.

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Anthony is also very honored to have played and/or recorded with the following musicians:

* Phil Jones - Drummer/Percussionist : The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Joe Walsh, Neil Young, Roy Orbison, JD Souther

* Danny Ott - Guitar: Gregg Allman, Walter Trout, Dave Alvin

* Dale Daniel - Drums: Hacienda Brothers, David Serby, Randy Weeks

* Wyman Reese - Keyboards: Walter Trout, Buddy Miller, Dave Alvin, Rick Shea

* Rick Shea - Singer / Songwriter, Dave Alvin

* Bill Barrett - Harmonica: Natalie Merchant, Nels Cline from Wilco

* John McKnight and "King" Roger Ehrnman - Trombone & Saxophone: Fishbone

* John Harrelson - Keyboards/ Guitar : Music Professor & Subject for music documentary; Dead Man Rockin'

"To truly appreciate happiness is to have experienced turmoil...
This is the breeding ground for poetry, art, and music."
~ Anthony Cook

Anthony is a certified member of ASCAP - American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. As a professional musician & writer he has established his own publishing company "Pecados y Hearts and Bones". ASCAP.com

Pecados (sins)
- All of which we are a part of. No one escapes this life without a few.

Hearts
- That which comes from the inner self... Broken, cured, or stored...
The heart is a lonely hunter. Our soul is in concert with our heart.

Bones
- We are all exposed... Our past often paves the way to our future. In the end, we all look the same; beyond our flesh, we rattle, we shake, we are all sacred.

Member of The Americana Music Association - The A.M.A. Promotes industry viability as well as public awareness of Americana music. AmericanaMusic.org

The Blues Foundation - World renown organization dedicated to preserving our blues history, celebrating recording and performance excellence, supporting blues education, and ensuring the future of this unique art form. Blues.org

* In conjunction with the world of music, Anthony has also been an educator. Added to his list of Teaching and Administrative Credentials and Degrees, he has been honored with Administrative Leadership Awards, Teacher of the Year Award, Golden Bell Award (California School Boards Association), for exemplary school programs, Nationally recognized Top 10 School, and California Model Alternative High School.

Discography

~ ESSENTIAL ANTHONY BASS TUNES ~
(All Original Bass ~ Original Songs ~ Backing Vocals)

The Black Tongued Bells - Every Tongue Has A Tale To Tell(Los Angeles, CA)



CD CREDITS: The Black Tongued Bells are seasoned musicians who have been together 14 years with the same original members. The Black Tongued Bells sound is a Muscle Shoals / STAX groove with a swampy blues, roots rock and gospel vibe. Our original music that is a seque to recall storytelling with many outstanding music reviews and played on over 200 radio stations worldwide, including Sirius XM. The Black Tongued Bells have built a reputation as one oft Los Angeles premier bands. "Every Tongue Has A Tale To Tell" has been listed onthe (RMR) Roots Music Report top 50 CDs, and the all genre TOP HITS 100 International Music Chart. Songs from "Every Tongue Has A Tale To Tell" have been selected for international CD compilations including; SIRIUS XM Radio, Little Stevens Underground Garage, and I.M.P. Independant Musician Promotions, "Best of Indie" Music Compilation CD.

The Black Tongued Bells are:

D. Miner - Songwriter, Lead Vocals, & Guitar
Ray Herron - Drums, Percussion, Fiddle, Backing Vocals
Anthony Cook - Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Louis Cox - Backing Vocals (Lead Vocals on Midnight Porter), and Percussion
Mary Stuart - Backing Vocals &d Percussion

ADDITIONAL CD CREDITS: When we decided to record "Every Tongue Has A Tale To Tell", many of our musician friends wanted to be part of the project, so we took them up on their offers.

You may recognize some our guests: Phil Jones (Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan, Cracker, Neil Young, Roy Orbison, Joe Walsh, JD Souther) Phil played congas and percussion, Wyman Reese (Walter Trout, Dave Alvin, Rick Shea) plays keyboards along with John Harrelson, subject of "Dead Man Rockin'", a documentary of his music career. Danny Ott, who has played with everyone from Walter Trout, Dave Alvin to Gregg Allman, added his guitar prowess. Trombone and saxophone were provided by John McKnight (Fishbone) and "King" Roger Ehrnman, respectively. Bill Barrett, chromatic harmonica whiz (Nels Cline, Natalie Merchant) joined us as well.

We also want to recognize the recording engineers that helped launch Every Tongue Has A Tale To Tell; Jon Crawford, Owner and Recording Engineer at Interstellar Recording Studio in Upland, CA., Walter Clevenger, Owner and Recording Engineer, Costa Mesa, CA., and lastly, Earle Mankey, Owner and Recording Engineer of Earle Mankey Recording Studio in Thousand Oaks, CA. (Earle Mankey has also produced and/or was the recording engineer for the following artists; Elton John- Blue Moves, The Beach Boys – Love You & M.I.U. albums, Concrete Blonde, El Vez, Marty Grebb, Sparks, The Dickies, The Runaways, Walter Egan.

www.TheBlackTonguedBells.com
www.Facebook.com/TheBlackTonguedBells

The Black Tongued Bells - Songs from our Swamp Opera(Los Angeles, CA)



The Skylarks (Pasadena, CA)



CD CREDITS: The Skylarks are an innovative & diverse seven piece band that has developed a unique brand of Americana / Roots. In addition to rave reviews from international music journalists, they have been featured on several media fronts including: national / international television series, MTV, commercials, and worldwide radio airplay. Sam Mellon, the lead singer and primary songwriter of The Skylarks is best known for his reflective songwriting and heart-wrenching ballads, with elegant & poignant lyrics. The Skylarks make the most of every note and lyric; the effect is a rich sound that draws influence from every corner of the music world.

In addition, The Skylarks music style reflects the eclectic make up of the band members. Musical roots extend from rock, pop, blues, folk, jazz, and beyond. Together, the band captures an expressive style that is both classic, yet firmly rooted in the twenty first century.

BAND MEMBERS:

Sam Mellon - Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Amy Luftig Viste - Backup Vocals
Julian Goldwhite - Pedal Steel, Dobro, & Lap Guitar
Dan Clucas - Horns & Percussion
Russ Chaput - Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Brian Olamit - Drums & Backing Vocals
Anthony Cook - Bass Guitar

www.TheSkylarksLA.com
www.Facebook.com/theskylarksla

53 Stations (Orange County, CA)



CD CREDITS: Recorded / Produced by 53 Stations

Bruce Ruben - Songwriter & Guitars
Paul Fitzgerald - Songwriter & Mandolin
Anthony Cook - Bass Guitar

Cody Sokolski Band (New York, NY)



CD CREDITS: Recorded / Produced by Cody Sokolski & D. Miner

Cody Sokolski - Songwriter, Lead Vocals & Guitars
D. Miner - Backing Vocals & Guitars
Lon Rozelle - Drums & Backing Vocals
Anthony Cook - Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals

Joe Karma And The Tombstone Roadies (Los Angeles, CA)



CD CREDITS: Recorded / Produced by Tombstone Roadies

Joe Froom - Songwriter, Acoustic Guitars, Lead Vocals, & Harmonica
Art Dacos - Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Bruce Ruben - Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Paul Fitzgerald - Mandolin
Ray "Boom Boom" Rodriguez - Drums & Percussion
Anthony Cook - Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals

(Artwork By: Barbara "Baba" Velanoweth-Cook)

Jason Taylorson (Los Angeles, CA)



CD CREDITS: Recorded / Produced by Jason Taylorson

Jason Taylorson - Songwriter & Guitars
Mark Segal - Percussion/congas
Andrew Altimirano - Harp
Anthony Cook - Bass Guitar

(Artwork By: Dafne Elvira)

Contact Me

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Bass Guitar Player

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Special Thanks

Josh Cook ~ Graphic Designer / Marketing Manager / Web Designer

Barbara Vellanoweth-Cook ~ Art Direction/Design and Band Photography

Rank Outsider Records - www.RankOutsiderRecords.com

Schroeder Bass Cabinets - www.SchroederCabinets.com

Trigger Happy Tattoo Artists/Parlor - www.THTink.com

Bernadette Ortiz ~ Photographer

Nicole Herron ~ Photographer (The Black Tongued Bells)

Rachel Luna-Banuelos ~ Consultant & Administrative Secretary

Ivan Cordeiro ~ Videographer eyeseefilm@aol.com

Kim Gilbertson, Ruliens Lost Muse - Art For Your Guitar, www.BuffaloStraps.com

Alan "BuddhaMan" Lohr, Radio Show, www.MonsterRock.com

Road History

RALPH SCHUCKETT
Always a privilege and an honor to have worked with the ever talented keyboardist, songwriter, record producer and TV/film composer. As a studio musician and producer, Ralph has worked with Cher, Donna Summer, Carol King, James Taylor, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Phoebe Snow, Patty Smyth, George Benson, Todd Rundgren, Sophie B. Hopkins... and the list can go on and on.

STEELE BLUE – Blues/Rock
Fronted by the ever talented, Guitar slinger and actor, Gil Birmingham. Gil currently is making headlines as an award winning actor. Recently he has appeared in more than 40 film and television productions, including; The Twilight movie series, Rango, The Lone Ranger Movie, Veronica Mars, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, House Of Cards Series, and many more.

53 STATIONS – A World Music/Gypsy Folk Instrumental Band
A close listen reveals a body of original tunes that unite the sights, sounds, and colors of the world. Blending and infusing each genre, past and present, is the magic that creates the unique style of music performed by 53 Stations. Just a three piece band; mandolin, acoustic-electric guitar, and yours truly on bass. The mando player, Paul Fitzjarrald, hails from Florida and can play anything with strings! Bruce Rubin fuses a unique blend of flamenco, blues, and old world gypsy guitar.

JOSE ANTONIO MELENDEZ
Folk, Rock, Instrumental Nicaraguan American guitar player, composer, singer and songwriter who was born without arms. Tony learned to play Guitar with his feet! Amazing man who has played for everyone... including the Pope! Tony has been honored with many music awards throughout his career.

JOE KARMA AND THE TOMBSTONE ROADIES ROADIES
– Psychedelic Alternative Country Roots Rock -

A collection of talented musicians that periodically gather to perform original material and cover tune classics.

JASON TAYLORSON
Anthony has also been seen playing with Jason Taylorson, guitar player, singer, music producer/engineer, & a premier entertainment source in Los Angeles.

Major Influences

Although there are too many to pay proper respect in tribute, the following artists have greatly influenced Anthony in this current life. First and foremost to those monster groove machines. The rhythm sections of the North-South-East & West...

BOOKER T. AND THE MG'S - AKA - "Memphis Soul USA" & STAX
Yes! That would be those Memphis Guys, locked down by Duck Dunn.

DETROIT'S "HITSVILLE USA" – Motown Funk Brothers
Who else but the groove machine himself, Saint James Jamerson.

MUSCLE SHOALS - AKA - "The Swampers"
Rhythm Section from Alabama with the real man in the "HOOD", Mr. David Hood on bass, of course.

THE WRECKING CREW - AKA - "The Clique"
With bassists: Carol Kaye, Joe Osborn, and Larry Knechtel.

THE SECTION - AKA - "The West Coast A-Team"
With the master of West Coast Groove, Leland Sklar... "The Wizard Of Groove!"

~ MORE MAJOR INFLUENTIAL BOTTOM DWELLERS INCLUDE ~

Paul McCartney, Edgar Meyer, Stanley Clarke, Dee Murray, Pino Paladino, John Paul Jones, Jaco Pastorius, John Entwhistle, Bob Glaub, Carl Radle, Tommy Shannon, Bill Wyman, Marcus Miller, Hutch Hutchinson, Barry Oakley, Tony Garnier, and Paul Spencer Denman.

AND IF THAT IS NOT ENOUGH... The Band, Django Reinhardt, Lowell George and Little Feat, Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale, Bob Dylan, Elmore James, Ry Cooder, The Allman Brothers, John Hiatt, Los Lobos, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Larry Carlton, Ray Davies and the Kinks, SRV, Buddy Guy, Dave Alvin, The Eagles (Don Henley and Glenn Frey), Van Morrison, Harry Nilsson, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Rea, The Rolling Stones, Lila Downs, Burton Cummings, Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, and The Three Kings.... BB King, Albert King, and Freddie King.

Essential Gear

BASS GUITARS: Fender California P-Bass Special, Custom Lakland-Bob Glaub P/J Signature Bass, Fender Road Worn Jazz, Anniversary Fender P-Bass, Nash 1963 Vintage Jazz Bass, Martin BE 15-E acoustic basses.

BASS RIGS: 1978 Music Man 130 HD Tube Amp, Aguilar 500 SC AMP, Gallien- Krueger (GK) RB 800, Ampeg Porta Bass 250, Schroeder Bass Cabinets, Markbass Combo-CMD102P, and T.C. Electronics BG-250-115.

ELECTRIC STRINGS: Flatwounds are a must! 45-105, Thomastik-Infeld, Lakland, D'Addario, La Bella.

ACOUSTIC STRINGS: Martin and Earthwood.

"Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down." ~ Vigil Thomson, American Composer (1896-1989)