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David Cook on New Music, His Current Tour, Staying 'Brand Loyal' to 'American Idol' (Q&A)
by Michele Amabile Angermiller for The Hollywood Reporter | Photo: Frank Micelotta / FOX
"I have not put down the guitar," the season seven winner promises THR.
American Idol season seven winner David Cook may have debuted the song “Laying Me Low” on the Fox show last May, but he's doing the opposite this month as he hits the road to try out new songs.
“Our fans have been historically very patient and very loyal,” Cook tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We are writing a new record and have a lot of new material and I wanted to try something different and have it out in a live setting first to let the fan base see the direction we are heading in.”
Since parting ways with RCA Records, Cook has refocused his direction with a move to Nashville, which he said isn’t necessarily influencing his sound directly.
“A common misconception about Nashville is that it’s all country, and I don’t know that country has really influenced what we do,” he said. “For this tour, we are actually playing keyboards live for the first time, which is quite an experiment. But it’s a lot of fun and the new songs kind of represent that. It’s going to get back to basics, really doubling down and enjoying the creative process.”
Read on for an inside look at Cook’s current tour, which includes stops in Los Angeles at The Troubadour on Nov. 3 and in Bruce Springsteen’s hometown of Freehold, New Jersey at iPlay America’s Encore stage on Nov. 10.