Joshua Cook is an American troubadour of roots rhythm & blues, rock'n'roll, and rubber soul.
The Key of Now is the creative impulse by any other name.
Unbounded by genre, Joshua Cook is first and foremost an imaginative writer with a strong, soulful voice; further, a gifted guitarist with a captivating stage presence; and ultimately, an innovative arranger and producer for stage and studio.
New Orleans bred, Alabama raised, California come-of-age: Joshua Cook was steeped in blues, gospel, and Native American rhythms, as well as Sun Records, Stax/Volt, Motown and Abbey Road, before emerging as a solo artist in San Francisco's psych-rock scene. Upon releasing back-to-back albums Believe and The Night Chuck Berry Died, he embarked on a three-year world tour, writing and recording new material along the way. His latest release, an homage to his native roots called Delta Spirit, arrived at the beginning of 2019.
In addition to his own work, Joshua Cook has produced studio albums for over a half dozen independent artists in the Bay Area and across the United States, with Old Riley & The Water's debut Biting Through holding the #3 spot on the LA Roots Music Charts and receiving positive reviews internationally.
Playing solo or with a rhythm section, Joshua Cook has toured sixteen countries on four continents to promote his original work, with the last leg of his European tour recently concluded with a two-month artist residency in Hamburg. In between public engagements, he has been producing a new studio album recorded primarily in Paris (due out later this year), and continues to draw inspiration from his travels to compose fresh material for further albums.
"Joshua Cook & The Key of Now have taken the raw nature of The Stooges and have cut it down to a pulp, presenting us the listeners with the modern day Americana-infused psychedelic masterpiece..."
"He’s an artist to the core, a creator and conveyer of passion, grace, humility. An animated and authentic storyteller. A wanderer with an eye for California and an ear for rock and roll."
—The Bay Bridged