Cody Cooke

Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws have played in Nashville and boast a Grammy nomination for one of their albums called  Gitcha Country On. Pictured (L-R) are members of the band, lead guitarist Robert Self, Jackie Brock on drums, Cody Cooke, singer/songwriter, Bass Guitarist Billy Melancon and Brian Basco on keys and fiddle. All have shared the stage with legendary musicians such as BB King and The Temptations and many have played in other touring bands such as The American Tragedy.

On Friday, Dec. 5, Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws will be playing at Brix from 9 to 12 p.m. The band is from Louisiana and band producer Jackie Brock said he’s excited for the opportunity to play in the area again. Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws have played in Nashville and boast a Grammy nomination for one of their albums called  Gitcha Country On.

“I’m a concert promoter as well and knew a friend in the area through that so when we were routing our way through Colorado last spring, we reached out and got a few gigs in Manitou and Colorado Springs,” said Brock, “but we also played at the Walsenburg Veterans Center. We brought an acoustic band there and played old school country and nurses said we’d brought patients out of their room for the first time in months to hear our music. That was an amazing gig.”

After their first visit, it wasn’t difficult to get Brock to agree to come back for another performance.

“Fast forward a few months,” said Brock, “and my friend calls me again and asks us if we could play another gig for the Veterans Center on Pearl Harbor Day and said he could get a few other events for us while we’re in town to make it feasible. For us, it’s a little vacation and we’re looking forward to be in such a beautiful place playing music for the veterans and Trinidad.”

When asked how the band came together, Brock explained it kind of just happened.

“When I first met Cody,” Brock said, “he played some of his original material and he was good so I hired him to host open mic night at a bar I owned at the time. We put a band together for his birthday about 10 years ago and have been playing together ever since.”

Cody Cooke, the singer/songwriter of the group brings classical country music into his new originals, stated Brock.

“He’s got an old soul,” said Brock, “so he writes a lot of classic country sounding stuff. He’s really into Waylon Jennings, Meryl Haggard, Hank Williams and older country musicians so his music reflects that.

Brock is also the drummer for the band and festival producer and said he’s always felt like Trinidad was a perfect area for great music.

“In Louisiana we have iconic places like New Orleans, Bourbon Street, Frenchman Street and those nationally trendy places. Trinidad, being on the border of so many places, seems to have the same potential. I produce festivals as well and I’m very interested in meeting more people and being involved in helping to revitalizing your community as the place to come to watch killer bands come through.”

Catch Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws tonight at 9 p.m. at Brix, 231 East Main Street.

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