American Fiction, that is.
The heart of American Fiction is Ethan Cook, who was in many bands playing saxophone and guitar. He started teaching himself guitar in late 2001 but didn’t take it seriously until, during a song trade-off session at a friend’s house, he also found he could sing. He began composing songs, concentrating on lyrics and his voice, and soon began playing at venues such as the Appleton Public Library, Copper Rock Coffee and Harmony Cafe.
In the beginning, Cook played cover songs as he struggled to find his sound, but he discovered it when he wrote the first song from his new EP, “Lawyers (And Their Virility).” Coincidentally, he wrote the song about the same time he got into Otis Redding, Bright Eyes and Bob Dylan.
The five-song EP is titled “Devil’s Casino,” with the title track about manipulative card-playing devils. Other songs are about a miner’s wife cheating on her husband with a postal worker and other folky topics. Cook said some of the tunes have an underlying message that he hopes the listener will interpret hours after the songs are played.