Kyle Cook (of Matchbox Twenty)

Sam's Burger Joint Presents:

Kyle Cook (of Matchbox Twenty)

Johnny Cooper

Sun, April 22, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $45.00

This event is 18 and over

“Very sorry for the inconvenience, but all Rivers & Rust shows have been cancelled and replaced with Kyle Cook. It’s going to be a great show with some very special guests. Can’t wait to see everyone at the show!" -Kyle Cook

Seating NOT GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final. 

All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $10 Advance/ $13 Day of Show/ $45 Reserved Booth

Kyle Cook
Kyle Cook
For two decades, Kyle Cook spent the bulk of his musical life as the lead guitarist of matchbox
twenty. He co-wrote some of the songs and invented many of the instrumental riffs that have become
distinguishing parts in such radio staples as “Real World,” “Unwell” and “Bent.” But plenty of his
creative persona was held in check as he collaborated in a team effort.
With Wolves, his solo debut, Cook invests so much of himself in the project that a discerning
listener can get a good idea of who the guitar player really is. He’s a studied musician with an all-
American Midwestern background, a guy who has a penchant for classic rock with just enough classical
training to make him dangerous, and an adult whose experiences with the cycle of love and loss are
extraordinarily familiar.
Wolves explores the complicated progression of heartbreak and healing while shining a light on
his musical influences. The Queen-ish guitar tones in “Better This Way,” the Tom Petty-sounding
foundation of “Wishing Well” and The Eagles-like harmonies in “I Would’ve Left Me Too” all point to
the kinds of popular music – melodic songs with sturdy-but-simple arrangements – that influenced his
ascent. The string section in the closing “Silver Lining (Opus)” harkens to the formal orchestral training
he received at the start of his musical journey. Meanwhile, the resigned anger in “Would It Kill You” and
the haunting loneliness in “Ghost Towns” point to the difficult personal struggle he endured with the
breakup of a long-term marriage.
It’s all delivered with a fuzzy, guy-next-door vocal quality that makes Cook a bit of a rarity: a
rock star whose restraint makes him completely relatable.
“Tastefulness has always been something that matters to me,” he says. “Sometimes it’s the notes
that you don’t put in there or the space that you provide that says the most.”
Wolves was a lengthy, four-year exploration that places Cook in a new role. As his life at home
evolved, Cook had plenty of emotions to work through. Some found their way into co-writing sessions in
Nashville, where he moved during the last decade. And when he wrote “Wolves,” a metaphoric folk song
that takes stock of dangerous people, he realized he was opening up a deep well that didn’t fit matchbox
“That was the catalyst that spearheaded the whole idea of exploring what those wolves are and
what they mean in my life,” he says.
That exploration allowed Cook to create songs that fit his own voice, and to break the creative
conventions he’d willingly lived with for years, including song length. “Wolves” is barely two minutes
long, while the album’s concluding “Silver Lining (Opus)” meshes three songs and one additional chorus
in an ambitious 13-minute work. The span between those two tracks demonstrates how willing Cook was
to smash the barriers of the standard, three-minute pop song as he explored an internal jumble of
As a result, Wolves is an extremely personal album. But it also carries a universal sensibility. It
purposely leaves plenty of room for a fan to adapt the material to their own world.
“The act of reading between the lines when it comes to lyrics and music is really what I love
artistically,” Cook says. “If you think about it, that’s what music is. It’s a feeling captured in sound, but
you can take it a million different ways.”
Songs have long been the central motivator in Cook’s musical life. He grew up in isolated
Frankfort, Indiana, 50 minutes northwest of Indianapolis. Once he had a car, he was able to get to
concerts on occasion in Indy, or even in Chicago, but the radio was much more accessible, and it shaped
his musical identity.
Cook’s first musical training came on a violin, an instrument he picked up at an opportune
moment in junior high. But when Guns N’ Roses released the landmark Appetite for Destruction, Cook
was transfixed by the power of rock n’ roll and started learning to play the guitar parts using an acoustic
model his stepfather had left in a closet. Cook took it to orchestra rehearsals and played it when the
director gave the musicians a rest. Eventually, she made a space in the orchestra for guitar. That led
naturally to playing in a series of local bands.
Johnny Cooper
Johnny Cooper
Who is Johnny Cooper.... evocative blend of soul, rock and pop Musicians get noticed for a wide array of reasons. Some win various competitions, while others seem to have as much in the way of connections as in pure talent. Then there are those who simply demand attention through performances so dynamic and powerful that they simply can not be ignored. Johnny Cooper is one of those artists.
The front man of the band that bears his name, Cooper already has reached dual threat status: he has rare talent that has earned him critical acclaim for his recordings and live shows, and he performs with an energy that captivates audiences in venues of all sizes. That he has grown so successful — Cooper already has sold more than 50,000 albums — so quickly is hardly surprising, considering he is thriving in the environment in which he was raised. With a mother who was a dance choreographer and a father who owned nightclubs and wrote songs with him, Cooper has been around entertainers throughout his life, and now features a sound that draws on his enormous range of musical influences — a list that includes pop, classic rock, R&B, hip-hop and country — and features an irresistible energy. “That’s what my whole thing’s about,” Cooper says. “I can’t tell you that tomorrow, I’m not going to write a country song, or a funk song, or team up with a rapper. I love it when you tell me I can’t write a certain kind of song, because then I’m going to show up and say, ‘glad you said I can’t do it — here it is.’ “I like a lot of different artists. I listened to a lot of Queen growing up, and Stevie Wonder has had a big effect on my life. When I first heard Stevie Wonder, I wanted to get up and move. I’m drawn to people who get up there and play with cajones. If I want to hear you sing, I can stay at home and listen to a recording, but if I want to see a show, I want to see a show. That’s the way I am on stage.”
Venue Information:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215