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:
I remember the first time I heard Brent Cobb sing and I didn’t even know it was Cobb himself. He sang backup on Canadian country artist Lucette’s debut album Black Is The Color. The song in particular where he stood out the most to me was on “Poor Sweet Me.” Lucette informed me that Cobb was not only the background singer harmonizing with her, but the co-writer of the song. Ever since then Cobb has been an artist on my radar and almost every time he pops up he has impressed me. Earlier this year he was part of the excellent Dave Cobb-produced album Southern Family, shining on the song “Down Home.” He made an appearance on Whiskey Myers’ new album MUD where he also shined. So after years of turning in great guest performances on various albums, we finally get to hear an entire album just from him. His debut album Shine On Rainy Day has been out and getting raving approval from many in the country community. Well you can add my name to the list because I instantly enjoyed this album.
The thing that immediately stands out about this whole album is it’s production and instrumentation. This isn’t much of a shocker of course because Brent’s uncle Dave is producing this and anything Dave Cobb seems to touch turns to gold. The guy just has a knack for finding that perfect sound for artists he produces. The perfect sound for Brent Cobb of course is that southern rock, soul sound infused with traditional country. One song in particular that really highlights this fusion of sounds is “Diggin’ Holes.” It’s a twangy, Muscle Shoals-inspired sound that really has a lot of warmth and the guitar work on it is something that will stick with you. The same can be said of “Let The Rain Come Down,” especially on the song’s outro.
Cobb really does a great job of capturing the rural spirit on this album, especially on songs like “Traveling Poor Boy” and “Country Bound.” On the latter if you close your eyes and just focus on the song, you’ll picture that countryside the song paints in your head with its lyrics. Then the cherry on top at the end with the guitar work really makes this one of the best songs on the album. “Solving Problems” welcomes you into the album like a long lost, old friend you’ve reunited with and “South of Atlanta” sets the scene of a small town setting where everyone is like family and all of the sights and sounds come together to create the ideal place to live.
One of the songs on the album that didn’t really stand out to me at first, but later grew on me was “The World.” There’s a subtle flawlessness about it that really grabs you with more listens and it’s the type of song people that shows just how great of an artist Cobb is and his potential ahead of him. Another highlight of this album is its title track. The song is about embracing a bad day/moment/feeling. It’s really a song that perfectly explains why I love country music and that’s how it doesn’t run from embracing the horribleness of the world. It’s embracing reality and how not everything is always happy and the only way you can grow and learn is from those terrible moments. It’s cathartic to take lessons from your lowest moments. “Black Crow” closes out the album and it was a song that intrigued me with it’s gritty, darker sound. I think it’s something I would to like to hear Cobb explore more on his next album, as I think he could pull off this type of songs well. It’s sort of an outlier to the rest of the album in terms of sound, while thematically it still sticks with rural living and heartbreak.
Overall I think Shine On Rainy Day is a pretty solid debut album from Brent Cobb. The relatable themes to the everyday person and the easily accessible sound will win him a lot of fans. It will not only win him over indie country fans, but also I think southern rock and Americana fans can appreciate it. If you’re someone who’s always enjoyed Dave Cobb-produced albums, you’ll certainly enjoy this release too (even if you’ve never heard Brent’s work before). Cobb reinforces with this album why I’ve kept my eye on him because his talent and artistry is quite high. Shine On Rainy Day is the beginning of what I believe is the start of a bright and fruitful career for Brent Cobb.
Recommend? – Yes
Album Highlights: The World, Country Bound, Shine On Rainy Day
Bad Songs: None
Wallpaper: Traveling Poor Boy, Down in the Gulley
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