Andy Cook


















Wherever you are tonight
I am too
I know the heart
pulls us through

Symbol remains
Among the blue
Given the time
To Carry us two

Hands of the loneliest child
Rise above

As long as I breath
The pendulum swings
I’ll fly to your side
On shadows wings

No one on earth
Should go it alone
Wherever you are
You have a home

Hands of the loneliest child

Rise above
Rise above
Rise above
Rise above


©2011 Andy Cook





-Road to Damascus-

Chasing the sun
A hand to lend
With tears pouring
Forever to bend
To all the king’s mournings
And to all the queens ends

Known well this road
Pushing me on
To towers
To fields Beyond
To all the kings mournings
And to all the queens ends

No such warning
Sped in
To all the king’s mournings
To all the queens ends
No such warning
Sped in

Faint memories
Of those who passed on
To all the king’s mournings
And to all the queens ends

No such warning
Sped in
To all the kings mournings
To all the queens ends
No such warning
Sped in

Power reigns towards
The towers ahead
Forgotten in the foothills
Are the cries of the dead
Faint memories

No such warning
Sped in
To all the king’s mournings
To all the queens ends
No such warning
Sped in


© 2011 Andy Cook






Erupt the choir
Fallen from mass
beyond the open door
Buried eyes to find
The Cutting core
The Cutting core

Dig out from under
Every thing you take

Damaged Pieces
Erupt on a beat
Beyond the fools wall
Beyond the broken street
Replace fine eruptions
With straight sound
It’s too late

Dig out from under
Every thing you take

Drilling deep
Straight to the core
Assist no more
paid mistakes
To what expense?
It’s too late
It’s too late

Dig out from under
Every thing you take


© 2011 Andy Cook





-During Unrest-

Gains waiver and prove themselves not to be
Limits smack your face so you can’t
See in being righteous or what is thought to be
A new thought doesn’t happen
Low thoughts and quiet compassion are
At risk in the net of spreading negativity
War wipes that smile off my face
Arresting my freedom within the world
15 minutes of denial a lifetime of acceptance
Militants are having babies
Not for love’s sake
But to continue the barks of exile that crush
The timid smile that can ease
the broken heart of the world, broken heart of the world
Threat looks away at the future
And destroys now
Of course my mindset plots my path
And even despite war I help drive this organic car towards
Compassion towards compassion
War wipes that smile off my face
War wipes that smile off my face
War wipes that smile off my face
War wipes that smile off my face


© 2001 Andy Cook






Carved on walls the poem
Welcome the thieves home
Lies a mountain wide
Truth is of the valley
Regret of words spoken not yet
And given reprise slipping around
Dry lips and empty lines

Pressure vies in burnt lines
Horizontally over flown
Vertically neglected
The places this water won’t flow

Regret of words spoken not yet
And given reprise slipping up from the sound
Are faint drops of crimson tears- oh crimson tears

Stealing my breath
Meandering words of this lost song

There it is behind me
As a shadow it lays on the floor
Oh I try oh I try to forget it
Still it grabs hold and won’t let go

The second lightning has struck ground
And the static begins to unfold
Vision of potent fruition
I’m sure that my heart will explode

Regret of words spoken not yet
And given reprise falling down
To dry lips are crimson tears- oh crimson tears

I’m sure the heart will explode
I’m sure the heart will I’m sure the heart will explode
I’m sure the heart will I’m sure the heart will I’m sure the heart will explode


© 2011 Andy Cook













Son of the Widow is a genre-crossing combination of world progressive rock & pop interwoven with metal. The drum set is centered around the tablas with aspects of traditional drums including electronic percussion & other percussion from all over the world. The guitar is a mix of acoustic and electric – delicately serenading listeners, and violently attacking them on a whim. The vocals and lyrics are dramatically charged, yet soothing & inviting rendering to all the many influences make up the dynamics of the band.
If King Crimson & Ravi Shankar had a baby…& Jimmy Page was her god father…she would be our muse.
Andy Cook: Drums, vocals, lyrics & percussion
Andy Cook is an artist, musician, poet, writer, photographer, free thinker, and welder. He comes from a long line of artists, musicians and poets. Being raised by an atheist, a spiritualist, an agnostic, and a religionist forced his art to be birthed in those fiery alchemical realms between god and science, evolution and creationism, life and death, and chaos and order.
Andy was born in Louisville. He is self taught in music and arts and prefers to find his own way, to follow his own path. Andy started playing drums in 1992. In 1995 he picked up didgeridoo and various world percussion instruments. When Andy falls in love with a new instrument, or art form, he immerses himself in it. He works non-stop around the clock until he becomes one with it.

Andy has played with a number of different groups and toured all over the United States and through Iceland, Scotland, and England with various bands, musicians, and poets including Sarah Elizabeth, David Amram, Frank Messina, Ron Whitehead, Southside, Bob Holman, Megas, Michael Pollock, Danny Pollock, Anonymous, ARCH, Scaramongo, Scotoseme, Gnuma, Tyrone Cotton, Thomas Garner, Scott Mertz, Jonny Sands, Eric Clark, Ivar Orn, Jaime Duvall, Daphne Luster, Justin Davis, Strike City, Paul K, Jeffery Scott Holland, Marisa Barnes, Jason Schooling, Diverse Universe and now Son of the Widow.

Andy recorded for the following albums: “Tyranosaurus Tex”, ARCH; “Viking Hillbilly Apocalypse Revue”, “I Will not Bow Down” , “I Refuse”, “The Storm Generation”, Ron Whitehead; “Water”, “Energy”, Scaramongo; “Kentucky Blues” David Amram & Ron Whitehead; “Off the Cuff” Artists on Strike; “When the Redbuds Bloom”, “Don’t Die Yet” Sarah Elizabeth; “Walking Home” Frank Messina & Ron Whitehead; “World Citizen” Michael Pollock; “Not Mute” Various Artists; « Hunting for Azoth » Son of the Widow. His musical inspiration derives from Rock and Roll, World music, Folk, metal, Prog Rock, and Jazz.

Andy is also a talented visual artist and uses many forms of medium for artistic expression – check out his amazing artwork! One of his metal sculptures is displayed on Bardstown Road in the Highlands for the art store and gallery Solidarity. And you may recognize his larger than life mural design of Hunter S. Thompson on the wall of the Monkey Wrench. Andy’s art has been exhibited in several galleries around Kentucky, has won awards and he has been featured in several local media articles for his paintings and photo realistic drawings. When he’s not playing music or creating artwork, he works part time as a welder at Pohl Iron Works and curates group and solo art shows at Bearno’s by the Bridge in Louisville. He also has a rotating display of his work at several art venues. He has been inspired by a number of artists including M.C. Escher, Leonardo DaVinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeke, Edvard Munch and Ralph Steadman.
Andy’s writing inspiration ranges from Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, Lao Tzu, Homer, Kurt Vonnegut, Ron Whitehead, Ray Wegimont, Kelly Cook, William Burroughs, Carl Jung, Carl Sagan, to Douglas Adams. For two years Andy was President of the Louisville Poets’ Guild. Andy is the author of: State of The Universe Address, and is one of the authors in the book: “Reflections Upon the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road”.

Some of Andy’s musical influences include:
Zakir Hussain, King Crimson, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Beirut, PJ Harvey, Interpol, Battles, Mars Volta, Tool, Donovan, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Nick Cave, Bjork, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Heart, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, Thin Lizzy, Yes, Cream, Blind Faith, Sigur Ros, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Fugazi, Velvet Underground, and more…

Matt Thomasson: Guitar
Matt Thomasson is a self-taught/classically trained musician. He started at the early age of 9 on guitar, and then moved on to piano, percussion, and various strings and horns through grade school. Matt found himself entangled in the fascination of fusion, and progressive rock guitar, as well as having a lust for traditional, classical, country, folk and jazz guitar. While also dabbling in uncharted realms of the cosmos.

Matt was born in Owensboro, Kentucky and has resided in Louisville, Kentucky for the past 11 years. Feeling the warmth and the magic of Louisville, music enveloped him almost immediately and captivated his intuitions. Finding a brotherhood among a wealth of the most amazing musicians, artists, wharf rats, song writer’s, singers, rain dogs, poets, prophets, and envelope pushers to be found.

His musical experience consists of playing in the bands Barbaric Yulp, The Codas, Moon Camel, Night Torn Mad, Hookerface, Black Tar Gravy, Torture Town, The All Night Randy’s, This Side Up, The Boro Band, Stallion, The Villians, Mr. Blonde, and also working with Tim Morrow, Andrea Davidson, Jonny Sands, and a very brief stint working as a roadie for Dwight Yoakam.

Some of Matt’s musical influences are: Frank Zappa, Al De Miola, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius, Gary Moore, Django Rhienhardt, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Trey Anastasio, Phil Lynott, Prince, Steve Morse, John Schofield, John Medeski, Eric Johnson, Jerry Garcia, Merle Travis, Carlos Santana, and David Helfgott just to scratch the surface.

Kelly Cook: Vocals, lyrics & percussion
Kelly joined Son of the Widow after she was asked to record backup vocals for « Hunting for Azoth ». Kelly’s singing style and energy rapidly and cosmically blended with Matt and Andy. She also lays down percussion and bass and contributes to the songwriting.

Kelly was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. From a young age, she had a natural affinity for music/visual arts/writing, and has participated in a variety of performance arts from playing clarinet, to singing in the choir, to dancing on a drill team, to acting in theatrical plays.

Her career has been a colorful one, obtaining a Masters of Cosmetology in 2000, and later attending a liberal arts college where she received several awards and a scholarship for her academic excellence. Kelly’s degree is in English Literature with a special emphasis in Greek Mythology, Psychology, Art, and Poetry. These elements along with her love for nature are infused in her musical creativity and expression. With a belief that the Environment and the Arts connect us all – she seeks ways to deepen this connection to enhance unity, relationships, and quality of life. In 2010, she was nominated for a Global Visionary Award for her sustainability efforts.

Along with music and writing, Kelly uses many different mediums for expression such as curating, painting, and photography. She currently has a rotating display of her art at several different venues in Louisville where she curates community art shows with Andy Cook that have gained local media attention.

Kelly is mostly influenced by songs rather than bands, but some of her musical influences include: The Pretenders, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Radiohead, Interpol, Heart, Natalie Merchant, David Bowie, Ryan Adams, Cream, Jeff Buckley, The Duke Spirit, Blondie, Foo Fighters, Lukestar, Pearl Jam, The Doors, Joan Jett, Bonnie Raitt and more…

Much like the layered personalities that make up the band, the sound is just as hard to define. It’s a collaborative sound resembling world progressive rock that’s innovative yet interactive – very much east meets west, with a sprinkling of pop, metal, and rock.
Nothing like you’ve ever heard before!

« Son of The Widow is one of the smallest handful of new bands to come along in ages that draws me like a moth to midnight light. Their hypnotic middle eastern groove sound is also erotic. They stand way apart from the crowd of clone bands. They are original. I dare you to check them out. Both their new cd and their Live shows. » Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet.

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