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JESSE COOK –Acclaimed Guitarist–Premieres Music Video for “Hembra”

Acclaimed Canadian-based guitarist, composer, and producer JESSE COOK today (9/22) partnered with AXS.com to premiere the official music video-shot in Cartagena, Colombia last month-for “Hembra.”The song appears on COOK’s new 12-track studio album, BEYOND BORDERS (released September 15 via eOne Music), which debuted at #1 on the iTunes World Music Albums Chart and remained atop the chart for a week. Click here to watch the “Hembra” video.

“I had a blast making this video with my friend Juan Medrano, in his beautiful home town of Cartagena, Colombia,” COOK told AXS. “We wrote this song together, and Juan suggested we make a video for it. His Dad (a baseball coach) and brother (a math teacher) came out to help us film some of the scenes where we were both in the frame. I gave everyone a crash course in shooting ‘full manual’ with Cine Lenses on a steadicam, and they all did amazingly well. Never think you can’t afford to chase your dreams! The budget for this was the cost of two plane tickets. The most fun I’ve had in years.”

Living up to the album’s title, the JUNO Award-winning musician’s new record explores a sonic landscape unfettered by geography, ethnicity and musical styles to forge a unique world music hybrid. The album is available via iTunes here.

Tonight, COOK kicks off his “Beyond Borders” North American tour in Hartford, CT; itwill travel down the eastern seaboard of the United States before making its way across Canada through the end of November. COOK and his band will stop in New York City at the Society for Ethical Culture tomorrow (9/23) and then hit such cities as Annapolis, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale, among many others. Look for COOK and crew to return Stateside in February. See below for all upcoming U.S. tour dates. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.jessecook.com/tour/

Recorded over two years in Toronto, BEYOND BORDERS is the follow-up to 2015’s One World. The new album places COOK in the driver’s seat as he wrote, recorded and arranged the music, creating templates with deep emotional foundations before inviting collaborators to add nuance and shading to the compositions. “Everything on this album comes from my own experience,” says COOK. “I was going through a difficult period in my life and it blew the door of my imagination wide open. I went for a huge sound, without limits. I threw away the rules, trying to find places I’d never been before, and I got there. The sad songs are sadder, the rhythms are more intricate, the sounds mashed up to look at traditional patterns in a new way.”

BEYOND BORDERS is the most sonically diverse and distinctive disc in COOK’s vast and varied catalog which has earned him 11 JUNO nominations and one JUNO win in the Best Instrumental Album category for 2000’s Free Fall.


“Beyond Borders”



“To the Horizon”


“Double Dutch”

“Skip the Moon”

“The Toll”

“Call to Rhythm”

“Above the Rain”

“A mi Nina”

“Wisdom of a Thousand Years”


DATE                          CITY                                       VENUE

2017 U.S. Tour Dates:

Fri        9/22                 Hartford, CT                            Infinity Hall

Sat       9/23                 New York, CT                         Society for Ethical Culture

Sun      9/24                 Lexington, MA                         Cary Memorial Hall

Tue      9/26                 Annapolis, MD                                    Rams Head On Stage

Wed     9/27                 Alexandria, VA                        The Birchmere

Thu      9/28                 Glenside, PA                           Keswick Theatre

Fri        9/29                 Raleigh, NC                            A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

Sat       9/30                 Charlotte, NC                          McGlohon Theater

Sun      10/1                 Atlanta, GA                             Buckhead Theatre

Tue      10/3                 Jacksonville, FL                      Florida Theatre

Wed     10/4                 Melbourne, FL                         King Center for the Performing Arts

Thu      10/5                 Orlando, FL                             The Plaza Live

Fri        10/6                 Ft. Lauderdale, FL                   Parker Playhouse

Sat       10/7                 Clearwater, FL                        Capitol Theatre

2018 U.S. Tour Dates:

Wed     2/14                 Medford, OR                           Craterian Theater

Sat       2/17                 San Francisco, CA                 Palace of Fine Arts

Wed     2/21                 Modesto, CA                           Mary Stuart Rogers Theater

Fri        2/23                 Rancho Cucamonga, CA       Lewis Family Playhouse

Sat       2/24                 Escondido, CA                        California Center for the Arts

Sun      2/25                 Scottsdale, AZ                                    Virginia G. Piper Theater

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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