Country star Chris Stapleton announced a summer tour last week, and one of the openers is up-and-coming artist Brent Cobb.
I’d heard of Cobb before, though I hadn’t heard any of his music. He’s recently been gaining a lot of attention for his first full-length album, “Shine On Rainy Day,” such as his performance on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert,” where I first heard him.
It’s not easy to be different in the music world, but when your cousin is popular producer Dave Cobb you’re already off to a good start. Dave Cobb has produced award-winning records for Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson and, of course, Stapleton.
Being a fan of classic country music, Cobb’s new record was right up my alley. He certainly has his own slant on it, though. The best way I can describe it is a mix of classic country, southern rock and folk rock. It’s comfortably familiar, yet excitingly fresh.
The album opens with “Solving Problems,” and immediately takes the listener to Ellaville, Georgia, where Cobb is from. I’m sure the Georgia connection is what reminded me of Dickey Betts, legendary Allman Brothers Band guitarist, when I first listened to this record.
The album’s soulful title track follows that same path, with a groove and vocal delivery that’s reminiscent of artists like Bob Seger.
“Traveling Poor Boy” and “Down In The Gulley” are two of my favorite songs on the record. Both songs highlight the consistent beat that’s found throughout this record, similar to Waylon Jennings.
The album closes on a slightly different note, with a bluesy tune called “Black Crow.” The closing song can make or break an album, and Cobb certainly made the right decision with this one. It’s the icing on the cake.
It’s always great to hear a good, honest album from a new artist, but this one has a feel that I haven’t heard much from newer or older artists. I’m excited to see what the future holds for Brent Cobb, and I’ll be anxiously awaiting his future releases.
“Shine On Rainy Day” is available now. For more information, visit www.brentcobbmusic.com.