Kristy Lee Cook

Discussion: American Idol, Crazy Eights

January 15, 2009 // 51 Comments

On Tuesday, January 13, 2008, the eighth season of American Idol commenced. As the highest-rated show on television, American Idol‘s produced an immeasurable impact on the entertainment industry, with film stars (Jennifer Hudson), pop superstars (Kelly Clarkson) and publicity magnets (Clay Aiken) all sprouting from the competition. A number of Idol participants adopted country music as their main mode of career transportation.  In addition to Season Four champion Carrie Underwood, finalists Josh Gracin, Bucky Covington and Kellie Pickler have achieved varying levels of success on Music Row. Phil Stacey, Kristy Lee Cook and Bo Bice continue to polish their craft in the hopes that they’ll find favor with country listeners as well. The best Idol contestant to date is Kelly Clarkson. Her blend of balls-to-the-wall rockers and fall-to-your-knees ballads were a magic potion to angry tween girls (and fans of pure pop bliss), and her ensuing success legitimized Idol as Read More

Kristy Lee Cook, Why Wait

September 16, 2008 // 27 Comments

Kristy Lee Cook Why Wait This review must be prefaced with a somewhat humorous anecdote: A week or so ago, the writers of Country Universe convened online to discuss upcoming content for the website, and to divvy up upcoming albums and singles for review. At that time, I selected for review Why Wait, Kristy Lee Cook’s debut album for Arista Nashville. Soon after making that selection, however, I jokingly added: “But I’m going to pass it on to someone else if it contains any Lee Greenwood songs.” Lo and behold, what do you know, the final song on Why Wait is Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” [Enter guffaw here.] For those of you who don’t watch American Idol, or who simply missed this past season, Cook was a top 12 finalist. Almost immediately, the judges designated her as the season’s “Country Girl” (although there was never anything particularly country Read More

Kristy Lee Cook, “Fifteen Minutes of Shame”

July 23, 2008 // 14 Comments

I’m going to come right out and say it at the beginning: I like the single.  Yes, Kristy Lee Cook was an instant punchline this season on American Idol, but she really impressed me when she sang Martina McBride’s “Anyway” on inspirational night.  There’s a certain style of country song that she could easily build a good career around, and she’s found one of them in “Fifteen Minutes of Shame.” Here we have a boyfriend who has failed to meet expectations, but not to the point where he needs his car keyed or a dose of gunpowder and lead.    “Before He Cheats” and “Gunpowder & Lead” both work because they’re matched so well to the personalities and vocal styles of Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, respectively.  “Fifteen Minutes” works perfectly for Kristy Lee Cook, who operates on a more modest scale, as does the lyric that promises revenge through a Read More