By Eileen Tilson/ @tktalt_tn
Clay Cook might not be a household name, but believe me, he is in your musical life probably a lot more than you even know. As one of the driving musicians in the Grammy award winning, Zac Brown Band, Cook might have received the biggest spotlight, but this seasoned Atlanta musician has been around the block. Perhaps you have sang along to one his famous songs “Neon” or “No Such Thing,” which his first bandmate, John Mayer covered. Or you might have seen him when he toured with the Marshall Tucker Band, or Sugarland, or Shawn Mullins. Yup, Mr. Clay Cook is the real deal. He is playing tonight in Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley, and joined us for a 5GB before his show.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
Marshall Tucker Band at Six Flags Over Georgia. I think it might have been 1983. The singer tossed me his tambourine, which I still have and use to this day!
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?
Oh definitely Red Rocks. We played two nights this year, and the second night was amazing.
What is the best gig you have ever been to?
Back when I was living in Boston in 1997 I went and saw one of my all time favorites, Ben Folds Five.
Gig you would most like to play?
We have been pretty fortunate to play a lot of amazing festivals and such, so Saturday Night Live, is pretty high on the list right now.
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
For me, being on the same bill with Pearl Jam would be pretty awesome.
Catch Clay Cook live Monday, Nov. 7 at the 3rd & Lindsley