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Cook, Shouse, Asbrock – Artist Bio 2018-11-12T17:15:37+00:00

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Ryan Cook, Philip Shouse, Jeremy Asbrock

Philip, Jeremy and Ryan scored their dream gig with Gene the old fashioned way, Through their love of Kiss’ music and friendships they developed as players in Nashville’s fertile rock scene. Ryan first met Gene in 1996 while living in LA. After moving to Nashville, his band Big Rock Show was invited to perform at the 2011 Kiss Kruise. One of their guitarists couldn’t make the gig, so Ryan asked Philip if he could fill in. Philip was on tour with country artist Rodney Atkins at the time and couldn’t make it, so Philip recommended his good friend Jeremy. This Big Rock Show gig led to many more Kiss Kruises for Ryan and Jeremy.

In 2014, Philip and Jeremy started ‘Thee Rock & Roll Residency’ playing their favorite rock tunes from the 70’s and 80’s. Performing every Tuesday night, they would invite many of the city’s legendary players, and visiting artists to sit in with the band. Ryan became a regular at these gigs and this led to ‘Thee Rock & Roll Residency’ tour dates where these three friends would begin to hone their massive triple guitar sound.
On Kiss Kruises, Gene Simmons would often hang out and watch the bands. After a Big Rock Show gig on a cruise in 2016, Gene approached Ryan about putting a band together for him to do a short Gene Simmons solo tour. Ryan immediately recommended Philip and Jeremy. They got together in Nashville for rehearsals and took to the road. This initial short tour led to more dates being added, then turning into a full blown world tour.

In between tour dates with Gene Simmons, Philip, Jeremy and Ryan can be seen playing together in ‘Thee Rock & Roll Residency’ on Tuesday nights at the historic Mercy Lounge in Nashville.

How did you get started playing guitar?
Ryan Cook
When I was very young, my Mom decided that she was interested in learning to play the guitar. So, my Dad bought her one for her birthday; a six string Epiphone acoustic. She was a full a full time Mom with a full time job, which didn’t leave time for much else, so it sat in their bedroom closet for at least two years. Then, I saw KISS on The People’s Choice Awards and that was it………..I went out and bought Destroyer. Next Stop: Guitar Lessons!

Philip Shouse
The gatefold of Aerosmith’s “Live Bootleg” album changed my life. I would stare at that photo collage for hours. HOURS. Of all the amazingly rockin and rollin photos in there, one stood out. Joe Perry, facing the drums, with his back turned to the camera, leather pants tucked into cowboy boots, Les Paul on his back while playing a Strat. Done. I had to do that.

Jeremy Asbrock
It probably had to do with my obsession with KISS. Van Halen had a lot to do with keeping me on the path also, but my KISS obsession started around 3 years old. I think I was already a guitar player in my head. I got a toy guitar with one string when I was 6.. That led to a real guitar when I was 7. I started lessons, but breakthroughs didn’t start happening until I was 11 or 12.

Tell us about your current gigs/tour?
Ryan Cook
It’s THE DREAM GIG for me. Guitarist in the Gene Simmons Band. As I said before, KISS is THE reason I started playing the guitar. I learned pretty much every KISS song when I was growing up, so when I tell you that I’ve been rehearsing my whole life for this gig, I’m not kidding!!

Philip Shouse
I am co-founder of Thee Rock ‘N’ Roll Residency, a weekly show of the best (and, most of the time, kind of obscure) 70’s hard Rock n Roll that has been going on in Nashville since April of ’13. We’ve been fortunate enough to have some of the people responsible for that music stop in and play with us. Alice Cooper and band, Roger Glover & Don Airey of Deep Purple, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Sylvain Sylvain of New York Dolls, Rachel Bolan of Skid Row, Kip Winger, to name a few. We also tour regionally and play some cruises, as well. I’m also in Gene Simmons’ solo band, which is very exciting, considering what a MASSIVE KISS fan I am. I play for one of the best rock singers out there today, John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Dead Daisies, The Scream, Union), as well. For the past 10 years, I played guitar for several country artists (Rodney Atkins and David Lee Murphy, to name a couple). I’m freelance, so my gigs and bandmates change from week-to-week, always keeping me on my toes.

Jeremy Asbrock
I am one of 3 guitar players in the Gene Simmons Band. We all have other projects together. Philip Shouse and I have a weekly show in Nashville called Thee Rock N’ Roll Residency. We specialize in deep 70s AM and FM rock. We’ve had Roger Glover and Don Airey from Deep Purple, Robin Zander, Alice Cooper, and Gene, to name a few, all join us for a few songs. Ryan Cook participates in that as well. He and I play in a group called Big Rock Show that is more 80s metal jukebox. We’ve done all but one KISS Kruise, which probably helped get on Gene’s radar.
I also play in John Corabi’s solo band. He just released a live recording of the Motley 94 album that we recorded in Nashville, which you can find here.

How did you hear about VINTAGE Guitars?
Ryan Cook
My dear friend and GSB bandmate, Philip Shouse, introduced me. I’ve always been a ‘Les Paul’ guy. One night Philip was playing a killer V-100………I asked him about it and he handed it over. It immediately felt familiar. The weight, the neck, the body, the sound. LOVE 🙂

Philip Shouse
I stopped into my favorite shop in Nashville, British Audio, and grabbed a black V6 off the wall and was blown away. “This beats my main axe !!!!!”, I thought to myself. I winced when I looked at the price tag, and then got even more blown away.

Jeremy Asbrock
I have to give Philip Shouse full credit for that. He played a V6 and traded his Fender Strat for it! That’s how Vintage got on our radar.

What do you like most about our guitars?
Ryan Cook
As I said before, it just feels so familiar and right. I’m certainly a creature of habit, not always welcoming change. I’m a big advocate of the “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” school of thought. I was pretty much convinced that I’d never love anything as much as my Les Paul Custom. Once I was introduced to Vintage I learned that there WAS something else on the market that was highly comparable to what I was used to. What pushed me over the edge was the Vintage staff themselves. Highly professional, accommodating, friendly people with an excellent product. They are now family 🙂

Philip Shouse
The playability. I have a V6 (yeah, the first one I grabbed) and a V100. They’ve quickly become favorites. They have the classic look and they just play great. They feel broken in and old. AND THE PRICE?!?!?! I don’t understand how a company can put out such high-quality instruments at such reasonable prices when some major companies put out absolute garbage and charge a fortune for it.

Jeremy Asbrock
I like how comfortable they feel. I like how affordable they are for people that want a great guitar but can’t afford the expensive stuff. It’s twice the guitar for a third of the price! My V100 feels every bit as good as my Gibson.

Any advice for players just getting started?
Ryan Cook
Don’t get pigeonholed. Don’t worry about what’s ‘cool’. Explore every genre and try to emulate a musical sponge as much as possible. The advice I’m giving is the advice I wish someone would have given me at a young age. Also, always try to surround yourself with players more experienced than yourself. Nothing makes you better than having to keep up with the Big Dogs.

Philip Shouse
Play, play, play, and listen, listen, listen. For those just getting started on the instrument, play with other musicians as often as you can. For those just getting started in the business end of it (or thinking about it), never turn down a gig you don’t already have. Unless you’re busy doing another gig.

Jeremy Asbrock
Playing is like any muscle… you have to keep doing it. It can be frustrating sometimes, but breakthroughs happen, and when they do… there’s nothing like it! And never forget that it’s fun!