Kyle Cook - The Rathskeller401 E Michigan St Indianapolis,IN
10/12/2018 7:00 PM - 10/12/2018 9:00 PM
Kyle Cook has had a very high profile gig since 1996, when Matchbox Twenty – with Kyle as lead guitarist – first burst into the national scene with their landmark album Yourself or Someone Like You. The album went on to sell 10X platinum, launching a group that is regarded as one of the most popular American rock bands in recent history, achieving the rare feat of simultaneous success at modern rock, adult alternative and Top 40 radio. Their influence hasn’t dimmed: their most recent album, North, climbed to #1 on the Billboard Top 200.
As Kyle’s career has continued to evolve – within MB20; as lead guitarist/lead vocalist with The New Left; co-writing, performing and producing several songs on John Waite’s 2011 Rough & Tumble; opening his own record label last year – the Indiana native is taking the culmination of his experiences and, for the first time, releasing an album that is all his own. Wolves, Kyle Cook’s first solo project, reflects his evolution as an artist, as well as his love for all forms of music.
“After writing in Nashville for almost 10 years you collect a lot of songs,” Kyle explains. “I mean, you’re writing on your own constantly, but you’re also co-writing. So I tried to focus on the songs I wrote without the influence of others and then selected co-writes that fit the direction that I was naturally going toward.”
“I feel like those who need to compartmentalize this album will claim it’s ‘country’ because of the instrumentation and colorful characters, but I’m going for something much more genre-less here,” Kyle says. “In the same way California has influenced so many records, so does Tennessee, and I had to let it in.”
Wolves, which will be released in 2015, also marks the first full album from Kyle’s own Tennessee Recording Company imprint, which he opened with longtime friend and collaborator, Mike Fiorentino, and web developer Ben Shaw in 2013.
The new album draws themes from his Midwestern upbringing – themes Kyle feels are universal. “This is a darker record. There are a lot of unfulfilled dreams where I’m from, and a struggle that comes along with that,” he explains. “Struggles with substance abuse as a way to medicate and cope with everyday life and struggles, with what might have been if the road forked differently.”
The project takes its title from a song that Kyle penned on the road during the last Matchbox Twenty tour. “That’s why I decided to title the album Wolves,” he explains. “It was a great metaphor for the things we are vulnerable to. It’s not a literal song at all. Wolves are opportunistic creatures. That metaphor made a lot of sense to me as well as something to build an album around. But in this context the ‘wolves’ are other people, and sometimes your own feelings, holding you back.”
Kyle includes a nod to a few of the writers that have influenced him: “Some songs are coming from a place of a fictional character. I’ve always loved that about Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.”
Prior to the album’s release, Kyle is hitting the road to bring his new sound to fans across the U.S. The set list will reflect the knowledge that Kyle has gained over the past 20 years, from mastering guitar in high school to attending the Atlanta Institute of Music to joining Matchbox Twenty.
Jennie DeVoe is an independent singer/songwriter with a soulful-blues-americana vibe whom Bonnie Raitt calls, "A great songwriter," and, "One of the most talented and hardest working musicians I know." DeVoe is a performer who connects with her audience like no other. Says Melissa Mayer of the Boone County Sun, "DeVoe's voice is a delicious mix of scratchy blues and sweet low notes. Her music is born of a unique marriage of folk and funk. She sprinkles in rhythm and blues sounds and a few well-chosen covers to create a great live show. She also manages to draw the audience in with her anecdotes and personal stories between each song. It's hard to attend one of DeVoe's shows and not feel like she's your personal friend by the end of the night." Fiercely independent, DeVoe has declined numerous major label offers, and produced four studio albums, two live cds, a Christmas album and a dvd on her own label, Rubin the Cat Records. SonyRED was so impressed with her last effort, the critically-acclaimed Strange Sunshine, that they offered her a distribution deal, bringing her to many new ears, while still allowing her to retain her artistic freedom. DeVoe is a prolific writer, with songs stuffed in drawers and often filling up her own voicemail with ideas.
Radiator is DeVoe's 3rd collaboration with famed producer John Parish, best known for his work with PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman, The Eels and most recently, KT Tunstall. DeVoe and Parish have developed a strong artistic working relationship that has fostered a unique sound with each of DeVoe's new albums. Parish also produced 2004's Fireworks & Karate Supplies and 2009's Strange Sunshine. The new recording features Parish on drums, guitars and accordion, Billy Fuller on bass (also Robert Plant's current bass player) , and DeVoe's own bandmates Brett Lodde on guitar, and Greg McGuirk on keys and accordion. Devoe began writing most of the songs on Radiator on guitar, ending up writing several on piano and organ, giving the record an underlying gospel-tinged flavor. It's filled with soulful melodic lyrical delivery from DeVoe with a 70's soul-infusion vocal sound reminiscent in flavors of Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Amy Winehouse; all supported by a solid blend of retro surf/western-flavored guitar, a British back-beat, Lodde's solid rhythm guitars and McGuirks' piano, Hammond B3 organ and unique quirky Melotron parts that suit DeVoe's style to a "T."
A fiercely independent artist, this will be DeVoe's first effort produced in part through a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, with The Tony Stewart Foundation being one of the projects biggest supporters. DeVoe raised over 260% of her goal through the popular fan-funded website, which allows fans to pledge anywhere from $1 to $10,000 to a creative project, in return for rewards ranging from copies of the finished project, to private concerts in their living rooms. DeVoe, an Indiana-native, has built a rock-solid career without the backing of a major label--a conscious decision that has allowed her to remain independent and create music on her own terms. Most recently, she was voted Best Local Musical Artist/Group in Indianapolis by NUVO Magazine readers, on the heels of being named one of Indy's top 50 "Entertainers of the Decade" by The Indianapolis Star.
Stuff you should know: Indianapolis, IN-based Devoe receives Triple A and independent radio adds around the country. Jennie's song, "How I Feel," was the 1st place winner of Billboard Magazine's World Song Contest (Best Pop Song, 2004), just one of her many "Best Of" honors. Her songs have been added to rotation on Triple-A and college radio stations across the country, and been licensed to several well-known television shows (Dawson's Creek, Joan of Arcadia) and to a national ad-campaign for jewelers. In 2011 DeVoe was asked to adapt her original songs for a sold-out show with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, she and her band played for 20,000 people at Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis. She's performed all over the country, including at the last Lillith Fair, and opened for greats like Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Lucinda Williams, Jack Johnson, Ray Charles, and many more. A dedicated animal-lover, DeVoe has leant her voice, time and music to numerous animal causes, including working with famed race car driver Tony Stewart and his foundation, as well as giving her song "Give A Little Love" to the nationally-syndicated program PetPals TV as their theme song.
Attracting fans of all ages, Jennie DeVoe is at her best in front of a listening audience, never failing to mesmerize and captivate with her talent, humor and personality. No matter the venue, DeVoe makes you feel like you're in your living room with old friends-until she knocks you flat with her amazing voice, and you forget where you are entirely. She's the kind of singer who makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention. To watch her work is to fall in love with someone who is in love with what they do. Says Klipsch Audio, "Jennie DeVoe never fails to deliver intense, deeply personal songs that draw you into her impassioned world. One part power with two parts raw emotion. Jennie is the perfect blend of spirit, style and originality.
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