Ryan Cook & Sunny Acres coming to Chedabucto Place

Ryan Cook (centre) and Sunny Acres will appear at the Chedabucto Place Performance Centre this Friday at 8 p.m. The performance includes a tribute to Buck Owens and the Bakersfield sound.

GUYSBOROUGH: Those with a taste for classic country would be well advised to check out Ryan Cook & Sunny Acres this Friday (November 8), as the musicians visit the Chedabucto Place Performance Centre. Guitars start strumming at 8 p.m.

The performance will include a special tribute to Buck Owens and the Bakersfield sound.

“We’re primarily doing that, but we’ll be doing some of my own music as well,” Cook said. “I’m a big fan of that sort of music. I did a Hank Williams Sr. tribute show for many years, and that was very popular.”

In the fall of 2018, Cook brought the Hank Williams show to Guysborough. He’s looking forward to doing the same for Buck Owens’ catalogue of songs.

“Owens had 21 number one hits, and all the hits were in the 1960s and 1970s,” Cook said. “It’s a really unique sound of classic country that he created, the Bakersfield sound. It opposed the Nashville sound of the time. That was when country music in Nashville was produced in a way that was very poppy.

“Owens wanted to make a sound that was very country western sounding in the 1960s.”

Cook said he learned a bit about Buck Owens’ life last year and a love of his music followed soon after. Cook is well-acquainted with country legends, as he toured as a solo act with performers like Dwight Yoakim, Rosanne Cash, and Travis Tritt. His music is described as a cross between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the-wool country.

The performer said he’s happy to be creating music that’s distinct from the style of country played on radio today.

“It sounds like the old style of country music matched with folk,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of success in the last few years, and we’d love to have a nice big audience in Guysborough.”

Performing as part of the Sunny Acres are guitarist Phil Sedore, bassist Jill Chambers, drummer Kye Ehresman, and Dave Campbell on pedal steel.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling 902-533-2015.