Cody Matlock Jamming on a Monday Night at Darwin’s

Cody Matlock at Darwin’s

Darwin’s Burgers and Blues is always a great place to stop if you want to hear some great blues and rock and roll.  This Monday night was no exception with Cody Matlock hosting the weekly Monday night show.  Backing up Cody tonight were Valerie Waters on keyboard, Jon Schwenke on bass and David Alabanimal Green on drums.   Cody and the band pulled together a wide range of covers tonight with a mix of rock, blues, hip hop and even some reggae.

Cody Matlock and Truett at Darwin’s

Near the end of the first set a special guest dropped in and joined the band on stage.  Truett Lollis, the former Monday night host, back after his European and U.S. tour added to the magic that was happening on stage.

Cody has been on stage at Darwin’s for quite some time.  Ever since Darwin’s reopened in 2011, Cody has been honing his skills on stage before the crowds.  Get on stage took a lot of chops for a 14 year old high school freshman to step on stage for the open mic jam on Thursdays.  Cody shared some insight into his music history and what music her enjoys

Cody Matlock Interview

What was the first album that you added to your personal music library?
I was lucky my dad had a lot of good CDs, so my first addition to my own collection was really just my dads whole stash. Anything from old blues to classic rock to country.
What was your most recent addition to your personal music library?
My most recent additions to my record collection are Billy Preston’s “everybody likes some kind of music,” and “The Best of Donny Hathaway.”
What was your first live music experience? Which venue and which artist(s)?
My first live music experience was at variety playhouse in Atlanta. My dad took me to a Darkstar Orchestra concert.
If you could cover one album in your music library which would it be?
If I could cover one album in my collection it would probably be Stevie wonder’s “innervisions.”
What artist do you wish more people had in their music library?
I wish more people had Sean Costello in their library simply because he was one of the most soulful and skilled musicians I have ever heard.
You have been on the stage at Darwin’s since you were in high school. Could you talk a little about your early experiences on the stage at Darwin’s to now having your own feature event every Thursday night?
When I first started going to Darwin’s I was still new to preforming and playing with other musicians, so I was pretty nervous and shy about being on the stage even tho I loved it. I quickly learned a lot about blues from watching and playing with the Cazanovas. I got to see a lot of good musicians come through Darwin’s, each one would motivate me more and more to be better. I am extremely grateful to have my own night at Darwin’s, because I get to play with some incredible musicians and I get to practice and experiment week after week. I’m just trying to keep progressing and learning and getting better.
Where do you draw your inspiration for your music?
An artist can really draw inspiration from anything. For me, it seems to be random. Sometimes I’ll just wake up feeling inspired, or I’ll listen to a record and get inspired. I just let it come to me rather than force it. Surrounding myself with great musicians is always an inspirational experience.
What impact do you feel that your music has on your fans?
I feel that my music makes people happy because they see me having fun and it makes them have more fun. I want to be able to express emotions and connect with people through my music whether it be happiness, love, sadness, or pain.
How would you best describe your music to someone that has never heard your music?
My music is a groove-fueled soul R&b infusion. Music for the booty and the mind
What can we expect to hear from Cody Matlock in the future?
You can expect big thing from me in the future. I am never gonna stop writing, practicing, and getting better so time will tell!