Outlaw queen, regular Grand Ole Opry last-minute stand-in, SiriusXM DJ, and general badass Elizabeth Cook has decided to take some time off to deal with personal matters.
After performing at the El Cosmico Trans-Pecos Festival in Marfa, TX over the weekend, Cook was clearly not feeling herself. Through Twitter she solicited to her fan base on Saturday (9-27), “This is a stretch but do I have any fans near Midland/Odessa with a private jet? I will sing dance and tell jokes all the way to Nashville.”
There was no word on what, if any, the issue was, but Elizabeth subsequently canceled her appearance in Waycross, GA on the 27th where she was set to appear at the annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull & Tribute Festival. “So deeply sorry Tim, Waycross is cancelled,” Cook tweeted out to one of her followers. “I have to go away soon for treatment. More as I know it. So sorry.”
Then later on the 27th, Elizabeth Cook posted to her followers on Facebook,
Hey Beautiful Outlaw People, I am sorry I am not making Waycross show tonite. Get a map consider where Marfa TX and Waycross GA. Consider airport access. Consider that my health is pretty fragile right now and we just couldn’t make it happen. Deepest apologies to those who traveled far and made special plans. Been doing this a while and I don’t often cancel shows. I hate doing it. More later on my condition and whats going on. I love yall and appreciate you in this difficult time.
This left many concerned that Elizabeth may be suffering from a serious health issue. It was revealed today that the country star appears to be suffering from severe exhaustion. On Monday (9-29), Elizabeth Cook’s manager David Macias posted,
After coming off a stretch of Elizabeth losing both parents, recently going through a divorce, touring constantly and doing her radio show every day, the pressure of keeping up with everything has left her feeling beyond burnt out. Although it’s not in her nature to want to do so, she is reluctantly agreeing to hit the pause button and recalibrate in order to deal with the pressures of all that she does in the healthiest way possible. She’ll not be on this next run with Todd Snider, but she’ll be on his next tour (check back for specifics). She’ll be back on the radio and back on the road in short order. We thank you for your understanding and support.
Elizabeth Cook was married to fellow performer Tim Carroll before divorcing recently. The 42-year-old singer originally from Wildwood, FL released her first album independently in 2000 before being picked up by Warner Bros. in 2002 to release Hey Y’all. She has released five full-length albums overall, with her last project being 2012’s Gospel Plow—an EP of Gospel music. Elizabeth’s SiriusXM radio show “Apron Strings” airs weekdays on Outlaw Ch. 60.
Elizabeth is also a semi-regular on Letterman, and recently performed this song in dedication to him after he announced his upcoming retirement.