TUNING OUT CANCER - Benefit for Camp Discovery

River Road Ice House Presents

TUNING OUT CANCER - Benefit for Camp Discovery

Thom Shepherd, Johnny Cooper, The No Refund Band, Kyle Cook

Sat · April 21, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)

Thom Shepherd
Thom Shepherd
Thom Shepherd is an Austin-based touring artist. His recent single "Simplify" was a top 10 on both the Texas Regional Radio Report and the Texas Music Chart.

Most people are first introduced to Thom by one of the long list of songs that he has written, but were recorded and released by other artists. He is the writer of the #1 singles "Redneck Yacht Club", recorded by Craig Morgan, and "Riding with Private Malone" recorded by David Ball. He wrote the #1 Josh Abbott and Pat Green single, "My Texas." Kevin Fowler recorded two of Thom's songs, taking "Beer Season" to #1 for three weeks and "Cheaper To Keep Her" to #3 on the Texas Music Chart. He also wrote the GMA Canada Song and Video of the Year "A Father's Love (The Only Way He Knew How)" and the title track of Tracy Lawrence's Grammy nominated album "The Rock".

In total Thom has had over 10 singles and had over ninety songs recorded by artists including Easton Corbin, Colt Ford, Bucky Covington, George Jones, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Trailer Choir, Montgomery Gentry, Buddy Jewell, and Cledus T. Judd.

His music has taken him on 9 tours performing for our military in 17 different countries. "As songwriters, we have no idea how our songs are going to affect people," says Thom, "I met a soldier in Qatar who was on leave from Baghdad, and he told me he joined the military because of Private Malone. He asked me how that made me feel and I said "Responsible!" Then when we went to get our picture taken, he showed me the shattered LCD screen of his digital camera - shattered because it was in his shirt pocket behind his flack jacket when he took a round from an AK47. That camera saved his life. That is powerful stuff."

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent his high school and college years in Stephens City, Virginia. He is a graduate of George Mason University with a Film and television degree. He has written for 5 different music publishers in Nashville. He is a two time cancer survivor, a father of two, and co-owner of RedneckYachtClub.com, a website that sells merchandise relating to the song and the boating lifestyle.
Johnny Cooper
Johnny Cooper
Johnny Cooper, at the age of 23, has accomplished more than many musicians twice his age. Having recorded two critically-acclaimed, full-length studio albums (and another in the works) and not one, but two live albums under his belt – the total album sales of which have eclipsed 50,000– Johnny Cooper's career trajectory cannot be stopped. He recently had two songs included on the soundtrack for the independent movie, Deep In The Heart, which also includes tracks from Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin, Wade Bowen, and others. Riding high on the success of 2007's Ignition – which, alone, has sold over 25,000 copies – and 2009's Follow, Johnny Cooper now
releases Live At The Pub II, a collection of songs that his band recorded live, over the course of two nights, to some of their most devoted fans.
Live At The Pub II is the perfect culmination of Johnny Cooper's values and his last couple of years on the road, growing with his band mates and creating music. The album features 2 discs, 24 tracks that continuously blur the lines between genres from one guitar lick to the next. Keeping with Cooper's genuine spirit and inclusive attitude toward his fans, Live At The
Pub II was created with the intention of making fans feel as if they are in the intimate presence of the band, in the moment, face-to-face. Cooper says, of Live At The Pub II, "I want them [fans] to feel like they understand the journey we have been on. I want them to feel like they are right there with us."
Kyle Cook
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.
Venue Information:
River Road Ice House
1791 Hueco Springs Loop Rd
New Braunfels, TX, 78132