Reignwolf is the stage name of Jordan Cook, a singer and guitarist who plays his own lean and mean variation on blues-rock. Born in 1983 and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Cook grew up in a household of music fans -- his folks' taste in music ran to Howlin' Wolf and Ray Charles -- and he started playing around with one of his father's guitars when he was two years old. At the age of six, Cook was playing in a band, and in 1999, 16-year-old Cook and his blues trio landed a gig at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival, where Cook was given a thumbs-up by blues icon B.B. King, who briefly jammed with the young guitarist. Cook and his group were also invited to tour with Gary Moore, though school commitments forced them to turn it down.
Cook and his band became fixtures on the Canadian club circuit, and in 2010 they brought out an album, Seven Deadly Sins. Distributed independently, the album didn't fare well commercially and Cook's road band split up. Cook began working up a new act, where he would would sing and play guitar while pounding a kick drum with his feet, or sometimes simply play the drums as he sang. While recording material in Memphis with drummer Matt Chamberlain, Cook crossed paths with Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, who played on the sessions and urged Cook to relocate to Seattle. In late 2011, Cook took Shepherd's advice, and he adopted the stage name Reignwolf as he stormed the Pacific Northwest rock scene.
Word spread about Cook's powerful live show, and he expanded from a solo act into a power trio when he brought bassist David "Stitch" Rapaport and drummer Joseph Braley on board, dividing the set between solo numbers and full-band tunes. In 2013, the first Reignwolf single was released, "Are You Satisfied" b/w "In the Dark," and a second, a digital release titled "Lonely Sunday," followed in 2014. In 2016, Reignwolf made his major-label debut with the single "Hardcore," released by the UMG-distributed Monkeywrench Records label. ~ Mark Deming