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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thirty One Tigers
  • ASIN: B008BBSGLU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. If I Had My Way, I'd Tear This Building Down
2. Gospel Plow
3. Every Humble Knee Must Bow
4. The Other Side of Life
5. Hear Jerusalem Calling
6. These Men of God
7. Jesus

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The inspiration for Elizabeth Cook's latest recording project, an EP called Gospel Plow, (out June 12), can be traced back to May 2011. Elizabeth and her trio, comprised of herself, husband Tim Carroll and Bones Hillman, were playing the Strawberry Festival in northern California and were asked by the event's promoter if they would perform at the festival's Sunday morning Gospel Brunch. The Florida-born singer-songwriter, who is perhaps best-known for the decidedly un-gospel-sounding Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be a Woman, admits being reluctant at first, but eventually relented, playing 20 minutes of what she says were holy-roller numbers we'd worked up, in the style of what I recalled from my childhood.

Explaining to Tim that the songs would come off sounding like bluegrass but that she wanted him to play guitar like Creedence Clearwater Revival, she says that as they began, things felt electric like a current struck up between us and the audience and went zig-zagging around the cold wet morning grass. It shook me and woke us all right up.

Although she says that while growing up she heard many country bands twanging for Jesus, Elizabeth was also struck by the fact that she hasn't heard many bands doing that lately, but that her passion for gospel music has never diminished. During her young childhood, before her father quit drinking and had to stay out of the bars, Elizabeth's parents had a honky-tonk group that played most Friday and Saturday nights at one of two bars in Sumter County, Florida.

On Sunday mornings, they liked to sleep in and recuperate from the week a little, she recalls. For added peace, they'd do what I'm sure they felt was a noble deed and solid parenting: dress me up and send me [to church], where I could go and learn stories from the Bible and have cookies. What they didn't fully conceive, I believe, is I wasn't building glitter temples out of Popsicle sticks on a carpeted Sunday-school-room floor. The Sunset Park Church of God believed in everyone, of all ages, getting in one room at one time. We were gonna call on the man himself and it was going to take every man, woman and child in a full-on praise parade.

Equating the experience to witnessing a rock 'n' roll show, Elizabeth says people wept, passed out, spoke in tongues, got healed or pretended to ... with two or three hours of music being played before the sermon would even start. While that influence made its way into the latest recording project from the award-winning performer, SiriusXM radio personality and favorite Late Show With David Letterman guest, Elizabeth adds that the seven-track collection is also about dealing with the recent loss of her father.

It helped in the midst of time marching on, to take a minute and reflect, and cry and wail and rock and cradle my grief the best way I know how, she notes. I think about my daddy and how he shuck and jived with what life dealt him; his resilience, his story, my story and really everybody's story, from the biblical cast to the folks next door. In light of all these things, in the end, it's about a Gospel Plow.

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She is the real deal in country music.
Stephen Vest
I am a DJ and listen to a lot of music and I'll choose those I think are OK or good or really good for my three hour show.
Four Eyes
CD was just what I expected from a conscientious singer song writer with a great personality.
Larry E. Hearn

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Four Eyes on July 12, 2012
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Sometimes a CD is worth purchasing just for that one perfect song. And on this CD there is indeed
a Perfect Song and it is track 4, "The Other Side of Life." I am a DJ and listen to a lot of music and I'll
choose those I think are OK or good or really good for my three hour show. But rarely do I think a
song is Truly Great and even rarer does a song make me cry--and this one did.

The rest of the CD is a gospel-country-rockin' frolic through familiar themes made new by
the excellent writing. Perfect for a road trip--but make sure you have some kleenex for Track #4.

Tamara Lewis
Seattle, WA
KBCS 91.3
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Baggett on August 20, 2012
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If you believe gospel can have a liittle soul, funk, & country, then this is just what you want, and need! Great music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Vest on July 23, 2012
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Elizabeth Cook is just as great on this gospel album as with her recent country CDs. Her voice and Tim Carroll's guitar make the perfect combination on these songs or anything else she does. She is the real deal in country music. A strong country sound but with special qualities that keep her modern. I've seen her live three times with the most recent time including most of the songs from Gospel Plow. One bit of information that I learned from seeing her live is that "Jesus" was actually a Velvet Underground song. I hope that sometime she will record Working on a Building as I have heard her perform that song twice. It would have been a great addition to Gospel Plow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TERRY P on July 14, 2012
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I have loved Elizabeth Cook's music for a long time. After seeing her perform some of these gospel hymns live it was only natural for her to do this EP. It is absolutely fantastic! Husband Tim Carroll is spot on on his guitar work and Bones Hillman (formerly of Midnight Oil) make this a must listen. One listen and you too will need a copy. WARNING! These tunes will stick in your head!!!
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By bigdog79 on June 18, 2014
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ELIZABETH COOK IS A GREAT SINGER
SONGWRITER, HER UPBEAT STYLE REALLY MAKES THESE GOSPEL SONGS FUN TO LISTEN TO. IF YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD THIS CHICK YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT
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By A. Lee on March 8, 2014
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Beautiful old time gospel songs - love Emily Cook. Powerful and toe tapping kind of music. Highly recommend to all.
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By Linda Mayo on February 10, 2014
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I love this music CD. This is really great music everyone should listen to Ms. Cook. Thank you for the joy of this CD.
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By Carol S. Hoffmaster on July 31, 2013
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Love this whole CD. Love Singing to GOD. Great beat to her music. Wish there were more positive music out there
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