Cody Matlcok is one of the three musicians or groups that I chose to represent the future of Georgia blues in my new book “Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues.”
Last night, Cody was celebrating his 20th birthday at Darwin’s so we went out for a little bit. My, how he is maturing as a performer. He has been a guitar prodigy for a very long time but has sometimes seemed nervous and ill at ease on stage. Last night he seemed relaxed and at ease. He said that Darwin’s Burgers and Blues was he first club he played, 5 years ago at 15, and he said it wsa awful, but “you guys didn’t tell me to stop, so I went on.” Now he is going to be taking Truitt Lollis’s place a Darwin’s every Monday night as Truitt goes off on tour and to make a record.
Last night he proved he is ready, playing and singing a variety of musical styles, from Albert King to The Rolling Stones, with his stellar band consisting of Jon Swenke on bass and David Green on drums.
It’s going to be fun watching Cody become even stronger as a performer as he gains his invaluable experience. Congrats, Cody, on turning 20 and on your new career experiences.