Delivering pure, simple, and timeless rustic songs touching on country, bluegrass, and rural blues, husband-and-wife duo Cameron Federal and Russell Cook produce artful work on par with the finest of the expansive genre.
While they began playing together upon meeting in 1998, the duo formed Little Country Giants in 2004 following years of travels and skillfully honing their songwriting craft together from Athens, Georgia, to San Francisco, and back to the north Georgia mountains. Voted Atlanta's Best Traditional Folk Act by Creative Loafing, the group has wowed audiences across the country, performing at some of the finest folk venues and festivals.
Influenced by such disparate artists as Billy Joe Shaver, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Grateful Dead, southern old-time, and traditional country, LCG's emotive and powerful delivery distinguishes them from the pack. "What I really love about music is the human connection to emotion," shares Russell. "Good music is felt music, and it seems like that raw, stripped down sound of old blues or field hollers or mountain music or country gospel have a real, unadorned connection to the reasons why people are playing and singing in the first place."
"I'm a really big fan of acoustic blues and that meeting point between country and jazz that happened with Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills," says Cook. "I also love anybody that can pull off an old standard in a different context, like Willie Nelson's 'Stardust' or any of Ray Charles' country stuff. A good song is a good song, no matter how you dress it."
It is this balance of songwriting, gorgeous voices, lyrical scope, and tasteful instrumentation which allows the Little Country Giants, rooted in old time acoustic tradition, to stretch from soft love songs to shuffles, country to delta blues in a memorable collection that will melt your heart and call for your companionship time and again. These songs taste like the south, rich with the sounds of Georgia's roots and the musical seeds of America grown. After all, they're giants. -Adam Klein, Cowboy Angel Music
In spring of 2012 Russell Cook worked in the Stephen King/ John Mellancamp/ T. Bone Burnett musical, the Ghost Brothers of Darkland Country at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, GA.
The Little Country Giants music is featured in several award winning independent films, including Pushing Up Daisies, Freelance, Grow, Blind Tiger: The Legend of Belltree Smith, and Esposito.The Little Country Giants recently recorded their fifth album, "Dead Reckoning" (Feb/2016), in their North Georgia historic farmhouse, with ZAC recording engineer Tony Terrebone, and long time friend and producer Dax Rossetti, who also produced their first album, Breaking Hearts and Living Free. "Dead Reckoning", was inspired by the issues and the struggles surrounding the constant cycle of life and death, love and heartache, and like a sailor lost at sea, using dead reckoning to navigate through it all. The album artwork was created by award winning graphic novelist, Emily Haworth-Booth.
"Unapologetically Appalachian and unashamed in sadness, the Cooks' songwriting preserves the poetry of a disappearing rural America." David Eduardo of Flagpole Magazine