I trust the guy that gave the world Traveller, last year’s awesome old-school country album. So Friday when I saw the straightforward directive below from Chris Stapleton, I took note. His tweet inspired my immediate interest in Brent Cobb’s Shine on Rainy Day album due to be released that same day.
Before the tweet I was unfamiliar with Cobb. But soon after I began to notice Brent Cobb’s name and photo popping up on social media streams I pay attention to. And Billboard, Rolling Stone, Nashville Scene, NPR, Wide Open Country, The Boot, The Tennessean and Sounds Like Nashville all spit out stories praising the new album released by Low Country Sound / Elektra Records.
So based on my appreciation for Stapleton and his music, and buzz I was seeing, I found myself searching for Shine On Rainy Day on Spotify yesterday as I prepared to head out on my bike for one of the prettiest days we’ve seen in Iowa this fall. What I found in Cobb’s ten songs was a fitting soundtrack for a ride in the country – bicycle or otherwise.
The album is engaging and interesting. I’m a northerner but I enjoyed Cobb’s poetic, detailed southern-tinged storytelling, especially in South of Atlanta, Digging Holes and Solving Problems. His bio lists Ellaville, GA, as his hometown. He sings praises for simple things like snap peas and chili corn bread, and porch sessions hashing things over with a good pal.
Without a doubt my favorite line from the album is, “Your love gets me through when I’m stuck in life’s Crazy Glue” from the title track. By the way, when I got home after my bike ride, I downloaded Shine on Rainy Day from iTunes.
Brent Cobb’s songs are homespun and clever and his voice is bright and easy to listen to. I hear some touches of Jason Isbell, Slaid Cleaves, Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson and even the late Steve Goodman who was a master at homespun storytelling (albeit from a northern city perspective).
Cobb’s cousin Dave Cobb produced the album. He produced Stapleton’s Traveller and Jason Isbell’s Southeastern. He also has worked with Sturgill Simpson. Those are all “frequently played” staples on my iPhone. Make room for Shine On Rainy Day – here’s an official audio version.
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Another album released Oct 7 is Mo Pitney’s Behind This Guitar. I’m anxious to explore that one too!