At the heart – and front – of Matchbox Twenty stands lead vocalist and primary songwriter Rob Thomas. The son of a military man, Thomas had a string of hometowns in his youth, eventually landing himself in Orlando, Florida. It was there in the Sunshine State that Thomas formed an allegiance with bassist Brian Yale and drummer Paul Doucette.
The trio tried on a number of different musical incarnations before settling into Matchbox Twenty alongside rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor and lead guitarist Kyle Cook. Hunkering down, they banged out some demos and landed a deal with Lava Records.
In late 1996, Yourself or Someone Like You marked Matchbox Twenty's debut. Nobody really noticed. Still, the band paid their dues on the road, building a foundation one fan at a time. Before too long, a... Read more