by Rich Tupica | originally published at CityPulse
The East Lansing-based venue, The Pump House, hosts prairie balladeer Scott Cook with special guest Mike Vial on Sunday. Cook, a Canadian-based songwriter, plays straight-talking tunes that weave together folk, roots, blues, reggae and soul. His sound is often topped off with some fingerpicked acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele and a little foot percussion. Vial, meanwhile, is a Michigan songwriter who blends James Taylor lyricism with the musical style of John Mayer. Fun fact: In the spring of 2011, Vial left his teaching position of eight years to pursue music full-time.