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.” 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.
Whether he's performing onstage with ZZ Top in front of a crowd of thousands,kicking it with his friend Dave Grohl at a Foo Fighters gig or racing ATVs with extreme-sports star Travis Pastrana,Tim Montana has a knack for always being in the right place at the right time. But don't chalk it up to luck. Rather, it's Montana's innate talent, unrelenting hustle and magnetic charisma that have made the country-rock singer-songwriter a dude that everyone—from the famous to the blue-collar—wants to be around.
RIVERS AND RUST
It’s cool, crisp and spacious – easy to digest, but full of emotional complexity. There’s something very middle-American about Rivers And Rust, but don’t get too caught up in defining it.
A side project of Matchbox Twenty guitarist Kyle Cook, the versatile, adaptable collective is a heated mix of roots rock, soul and Americana, an understated cauldron that plays off the push and pull between male and female voices. It’s a flexible set-up, a small sort of freelance structure that allows musical partners to move in and out of the ensemble as Cook finds new voices that extend his creative reach.
“I’m looking at it as having a cast of different vocalists along the way that will contribute their talents and skills to it, but still make Rivers and Rust an identifiable sound,” Cook says. “DJ’s do that a lot. They’re always kind of viewed as an artist – here’s the new Zedd single, and it’s Taylor Swift singing. Here’s the next Zedd single, and it’s Demi Lovato singing. Maybe it’s even Bonnie Raitt.”