Amy first made her mark in Los Angeles, where she epitomized the rise of the "indie" artist, self-releasing records and finding success licensing her songs to television and film. Longing for inspiration and a change of scenery, Amy moved to the small West Texas town of Marfa in 2004. lieutenant was there on the front porch of an old house that she recorded a collection of lo-fi folk songs that would become "The Bunkhouse Recordings," complete with crickets and coyotes.
Soon after, she moved to Austin where she recorded "The Sky Observer"s Guide" (a collaboration with Los Angeles artist, Amy Adler) and caught the attention of Alejandro Escovedo, who tapped her for opening duties during his "Real Animal" tour.
They followed their traveling act with "Let the Light In," an Escovedo produced record that garnered critical acclaim and featured the song "Hotel Lights," which was spotlighted on many favorites lists in 2010. Patty Griffin sang background vocals on the track.
Opening shows for Heartless Bastards, Associate of Arts Bondy, Escovedo, Chris Isaak, Shawn Colvin, Ben Kweller, Tift Merritt, Leo Kottke, Charlie Mars, Ryan Bingham and others followed. Cook is currently on tour with Lucinda Williams (summer 2012).
Cook will release Summer Skin, on August 28, 2012, on Roothouse/Thirty Tigers.
Her finest and most cohesive project to date features production by Craig Street and a virtuoso band including Chris Bruce, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jonathan Wilson, and David Garza. Special guests include Robert Plant, Ben Kweller, and Patty Griffin. All songs on the record were written by Amy Cook, with the exception of one co-write with Ben Kweller.
A documentary on Cook, Amy Cook: The Spaces In Between, from Solar Filmworks, was released in 2009 by The Documentary Channel.
The film was directed by Todd Robinson and produced by Julian Adams and Robinson. lieutenant followed Cook and her band on a short tour across the Southwest and premiered on The Documentary Channel on July 6, 2009.
Cook also provided the soundtrack to the Emmy-winning feature-length documentary Amargosa, also directed by Todd Robinson. Amy Cook"s songs have appeared in several television shows such as Good Wife, Veronica Mars, Dawson"s Creek, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, Felicity and Party of Five, amongst others
She met Leisha Hailey, of Showtime Networks" The L Word, while in Marfa and soon Amy"s song "Million Holes in Heaven" was played on the show by Leisha"s character during her radio program