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Gypsy Stew embodies the spirit of outlaw music blending the traditional rhythms of bluegrass, the soul of classic country and the engaging energy of roots rock. They are consistently recognized among the top country artists in southern California. Don Cook’s exuberant guitar work and smooth vocals combine with Gayle Walker's vocals and eccentric percussion (a Folger’s coffee can? really?) to create Gypsy Stew – an exciting duo exuding good time, down home entertainment. Their passion for original style and unique instrumentation gives older cover songs new life that evolves with each performance. Their original material shows a fresh, energetic take on what defines hillbilly music today.
What is outlaw country? Well, it’s music performed in an authentic country style with a helluva lot of energy. Some call it “kick-ass” country because of the strong beats and powerful vocals. Outlaw country does not have the over produced pop music arrangements and rock guitar sounds of contemporary country.
Don Cook is a singer/songwriter with Ohio farm roots who played and toured in the U.S. and Internationally with Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown in the late 1970's and early 1980's and with various bands in the Chicago area until his move to Los Angeles in the late 1980's. He had a mostly successful business career which ended in disaster during the Great Recession. He is wondering if it is called “re-invention” when you just go back to doing what you love.
Gayle Walker is an artist and musician who developed her own unique percussion style by sticking to the adage “no real drums”. She is a 5th generation Californian who hails from Simi Valley and was an enthusiastic member of the Hollywood art/punk music scene with her activist band “Girl Jesus”. Gayle was a scenic painter with the studios. Among her many projects, she worked on the Tower of Terror at Disneyland’s California Adventure. Gayle’s own reinvention took her back to her roots in Simi Valley.
Gypsy Stew was born as it should be – on the road. While camping and performing across the country, Don became fascinated by Gayle’s ability to create ever-changing meals with whatever she could find at each town along the way – thus Gypsy Stew
If you haven't seen Gypsy Stew yet you are missing out on one of the most unique musical acts in Ventura County. Gayle Walker's percussion set is nothing like you've ever seen before…engaging stage show...a ton of fun... Go see Gypsy Stew.”
- Ventura County Star