Brent Cobb has certainly been making his presence known in the last year. He released his debut record Shine On Rainy Day in 2016 to critical and fan acclaim. It made our very own Top 30 Albums of 2016 list. He also made an appearance on the excellent Southern Family album. Cobb just released a video performing “Black Crow” at Sam Phillips Studio in Memphis as part of the ‘Elektra Sessions’. Give it watch yourself below:
Lori McKenna took to the stage last night to perform her hit song “Humble and Kind” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It was a great moment to see for the talented singer-songwriter, who has received so much deserved attention for penning the #1 hit by Tim McGraw. As much as I enjoy McGraw’s version, there’s just something special to hear Country Perspective’s 2016 Female Artist of the Year perform it. Of course The Bird & The Rifle was an excellent album altogether. Anyway I thought her performance was fantastic on the show and I highly encourage you to watch it below.
Sturgill Simpson had himself a pretty successful night at the 59th Grammy Awards. I know many are undoubtedly disappointed he didn’t pull off the ultimate upset and win Album of the Year for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, but this shouldn’t overshadow the rest of what he accomplished (besides Beyoncé fans have more of a right to be angry about how much the academy screwed over Lemonade). Simpson first won Best Country Album on the pre-telecast, beating out the likes of Loretta Lynn, Brandy Clark, Maren Morris and Keith Urban. This comes after losing Best Americana Album a couple of years ago and marks his first ever Grammys win. It’s also yet another feather in his cap to hold over the folks on Music Row who don’t care for him. As he said in his acceptance speech, the revolution won’t be televised. Simpson also talked about working out in Utah on the railroad six years ago and says he owes it all to his family for being where he’s at today.
Later in the night on the main telecast, Simpson was introduced by the legendary Dwight Yoakam before he performed “All Around You,” backed by the fantastic Dap Kings. It was more subdued performance than the one he made on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago, but classy and great nonetheless. I wouldn’t call it the best performance of the night (that would be a tossup between the Anderson .Paak/A Tribe Called Quest collaboration and the Bruno Mars/The Times tribute to Prince), but I would put it top seven for sure. Without a doubt I’m sure he reached more new fans with all of the exposure and last I checked “All Around You” was in the top 150 on the Top Songs chart on iTunes. You can watch his performance on the show yourself below:
Caitlyn Smith is a name hopefully many of you are going to start hearing more soon. The longtime songwriter just inked a deal with the revived Monument Records this past week. Sony Music is the one who has brought it back to life and has tabbed Sandbox CEO Jason Owen and hit songwriter Shane McAnally to be the co-presidents of Monument. It’s going to be an imprint of Sony Music Entertainment. Smith along with Walker Hayes are the first signees.
Smith released a fantastic EP titled Starfire last year and I highly recommend checking it out. Smith recently performed a track off the album in a bank vault, “Before You Called Me Baby.” Give it a watch and get a glimpse of an artist I believe to be one of the next big deals in country music.
Rising independent country artist Cody Jinks made his national television debut last night on Conan. He performed the title track off of his latest album I’m Not The Devil. I have to say he did a pretty good job and I think it was an excellent song choice for his debut and to introduce himself to new fans. The general consensus seems to be pretty positive to the performance. It’s been a busy time for Jinks lately, who also released a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” earlier in the week. Check out his performance on Conan below: