Los Angeles rock musician Steve Cooke is hitting the worldwide market with his new single “Going to California”.
The folk-style ballad was originally recorded by English rock band Led Zeppelin and released on their 4th untitled album in 1971. Robert Plants lyrics were rumored to be written about Joni Mitchell, who he had a crush on when she lived in Laurel Canyon/Los Angeles at the time.
Steve Cooke has re-imagined the original acoustic classic by adding a band of very talented musicians.
The lyrics “mountains and canyons, trembling and shaking” referring to the many LA earthquakes felt in California, so the heavy drums certainly feel at home in this newly imagined piece of music.
“The song has taken on a whole new vibe with drums and electric instruments”, says Steve.
Steve Cooke on vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars. Kevin Bennet on electric and lead guitars.
On drums is Ray Weston ( Wishbone Ash, Iron Butterfly), Tariqh Akoni on mandolin, Michael Bradford (Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger) on bass and keys. Recorded at Charlie Waymire’s Ultimate studios and. Engineered, recorded and co-produced by Grammy winner Rafa Sardina’s (Afterhours studios).
The cover art is by Los Angeles artist Glen Wexler (Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin cover designs).
“I’m truly grateful to have been able to record this classic song in my adopted home state California and I am hoping that nostalgia will invigorate the population to come together as they have before.
We need music that can help us find a way toward emotional growth and spiritual understanding between all people. Getting back in touch with our musical roots, can help us understand that the human experience is a shared experience,” says Steve.
Steve Cooke’s single is a creation that reflects the social and emotional landscape of our historically unprecedented era, while incorporating elements from the 60’s/70’s and combining them with his modern acoustic Folk Rock feel.
“Going to California” is the first release of 4 Led Zeppelin renditions from Steve Cooke’s pending EP. So, look out for the 2nd follow-up single coming soon.
“Going to California” by Steve Cooke is available worldwide iTunes/Amazon and all digital outlets.
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