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Brent Cobb

Dec 10, 2020

Brent Cobb
Credit Red Line Roots

Muddy Bottom Blues

Program #229 (December 11 at 8:00 p.m. and December 12 at 3:00 p.m.)

Blessed with a honeyed voice and a deceptively relaxed style, Brent Cobb specializes in synthesizing a bunch of retro-roots sounds into a fresh, idiosyncratic country style. His Georgian drawl can emphasize his soulful influences, but his music also shows traces of sun-kissed folk, country-folk, and laid-back rock.

Cobb's Southern-fried hybrid received a proper showcase on his 2016 major-label debut Shine on Rainy Day, a record produced by his cousin Dave. Shine on Rainy Day earned Brent a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album in 2018, an auspicious start to a career for a singer/songwriter who quietly covered a lot of musical ground.

The cousin of Nashville producer Dave Cobb (Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson), Brent made his first bid for success during a short stint in Los Angeles, where he recorded his 2006 debut, No Place Left to Leave, which Dave produced. Not long after, his friend Luke Bryan, a fellow Georgian for whom Cobb had opened some shows, convinced him to relocate to Nashville, where he soon found some success as a Music Row songwriter.

He signed a publishing deal with Carnival Music and, by 2011, was landing songs with Bryan, Kellie Pickler, Eli Young Band, Miranda Lambert, and others. He continued to record his own music, releasing a self-titled EP in 2012 and opening shows for Blake Shelton and other high-profile country stars. With his cousin Dave firmly established in Nashville, the two Cobbs paired up once again to record Brent's sophomore LP, Shine on Rainy Day. Released by Elektra in 2016, the album featured a warm, stripped-down sound evocative of classic artists like Kris Kristofferson and Jesse Winchester.

Shine on Rainy Day earned Brent Cobb a nomination for Best Americana Album in 2018, by which time he'd completed its sequel, Providence Canyon. Working again with his cousin Dave, Cobb crafted a lush record in the spirit of the '70s; the album peaked at two on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

Cobb left Nashville for his native Georgia after the release of Providence Canyon. A departure from Low Country Sound/Elektra coincided with his departure. He signed to Ol' Buddy Records and hired Brad Cook, a producer best known for his work with indie rockers Bon Iver and Waxahatchee, to record 2020's mellowly adventurous Keep 'Em on They Toes.

(provided by Allmusic)