Cookin' Hearts is an alternative folk band based in Cincinnati, OH. The band began in 2010 as a collaboration between song-writers Joe Hart and Alex Cook. The two worked as acoustic duo for several years before teaming up with Ali Reynolds and Abigail Haidle in 2013.
As a quartet, the group has reinvented itself almost entirely. While Hart remains the sole guitarist of the group, Cook traded in his bass for banjo, shifting the instrumentation to include Reynolds on upright bass. With the addition of Haidle's celtic and classically influenced flute stylings, the group has rounded out their instrumentation in a unique way that lends itself to fascinating new compositions.
Along with the new instrumentation, the ensemble also turned their focus towards creating powerful 4-part vocal harmonies that have been described as being haunting and melancholy, vibrant and soulful. This element has added an exciting and invigorating new dynamic to the band's sound.
Since the summer of 2013, Cookin' Hearts has been performing around the Cincinnati area in a wide variety of settings and music venues, and has steadily gained a dedicated following.
Cookin' Hearts released their first full length album, Cookin' Hearts, in April of 2016. You can stream and download the album at:
The band took a 6 month hiatus from performing in October of 2016 after the departure of Reynolds and the birth of Abigail's first child, Wes. They recruited their good friend Matt McCoy on upright bass in November 2016, and have been steadily writing and rehearsing new music ever since. The band just recenty made their debut with McCoy at Leo Coffee House on March 19th, 2017, and have a string of upcoming performances around the Cincinnati area this spring. They also have plans to go back into the studio to record their next album later this year.