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Rock Picks: Phil Cook brings instrumentals to Carrboro ArtsCenter

Phil Cook latest mini-album “Old Hwy D” is spry enough to restore your faith in humanity. He plays Friday with Charlie Parr at the Carrboro ArtsCenter.
Phil Cook latest mini-album “Old Hwy D” is spry enough to restore your faith in humanity. He plays Friday with Charlie Parr at the Carrboro ArtsCenter.

Phil Cook is on such a roll these days that even his one-off quickie projects turn out to be something special. Cook’s latest is “Old Hwy D,” a wonderful little mini-album of six acoustic-guitar instrumentals spry enough to restore your faith in humanity. Inspired by some friends who had just had their first child, Cook sat down with his guitar, hit “record” and laid down these songs in a single day while under the spell of a particularly strong bout of joy. If you could translate a smile into meditative and steady rolling guitar tunes, it would sound something like this. About the only place you can buy an actual copy of “Old Hwy D” is at Cook’s live shows, including Friday at the Carrboro ArtsCenter with Charlie Parr.

Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $17. See artscenterlive.org for details.

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