Brent Cobb

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Brent Cobb
Brent Cobb 2016 press photo.png
Background information
Born (1986-08-01) August 1, 1986 (age 33)
Americus, Georgia
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial website

Brent Cobb (born August 1, 1986) is an American country music singer-songwriter and artist.[1][2] Cobb has released three studio albums and one EP.[3] His most recent album, Providence Canyon, was released on May 11, 2018 as his second major-label LP with Low Country Sound, an imprint of Elektra.[4][5] His previous album Shine On Rainy Day peaked at number 17 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.[6] Cobb also received a 2018 Grammy Award nomination for this album.[7] Cobb has written songs for a variety of country artists, including Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, The Oak Ridge Boys as well as many others.[2]

Early life[edit]

Cobb was born in Americus, Georgia[8] but raised in the nearby town of Ellaville.[1][2] His father, Patrick Cobb, was an appliance repairman who was also in a rock band. Brent made his vocal debut at age 7 when he sang Tim McGraw's "Don't Take the Girl" with his father's band in a Richland, Georgia festival performance.

As a teenager, Cobb fronted a local band called Mile Marker 5 which had some regional success and opened for larger stars.[9] At age 16, Cobb met his cousin, Dave Cobb, at a family funeral. Dave was a producer based in Los Angeles, and Brent gave him a demo CD. Dave, along with Shooter Jennings, would later fly Brent to Los Angeles to record his first debut album, No Place Left to Leave.[1][3][8][10]

Career[edit]

Cobb recorded his first debut album, No Place Left to Leave, in 2006 with his cousin while in Los Angeles. However, after some time in this period, he decided to return to Georgia.

Country star and acquaintance Luke Bryan suggested Cobb move to Nashville which, in turn, he eventually did in 2008. Initially, Cobb worked as a photo developer at Walgreens but eventually managed to negotiate a songwriting contract with Carnival Music Publishing within the year.[3]

After obtaining his songwriting contract, Cobb then went on to write a variety of songs for many prominent stars, such as Luke Bryan's "Tailgate Blues," David Nail and Frankie Ballard's "Grandpa's Farm," Kellie Pickler's "Rockaway," Kenny Chesney's "Don't It," Miranda Lambert's "Old Sh!t," as well as numerous other performers.[2][5][11]

Brent Cobb playing the Americana Festival at 3rd & Lindsley.

Cobb released a self-titled EP in 2012, and began opening for established stars such as Blake Shelton and Sara Evans, playing around 120 dates per year.[3][12] In 2016, his song "Down Home" appeared on Dave Cobb's compilation album, Southern Family, alongside songs from artists like Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, and Zac Brown.[5][12]

On October 7, 2016, Cobb's major-label debut album, Shine On Rainy Day, was released via the Elektra Records imprint, Low Country Sound.[2][4][13] The album peaked at number 17 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart[6] and at number 5 on the Top Heatseekers chart.[14] Cobb also has received a 2018 Grammy Award nomination as Best Americana Album for his work on Shine On Rainy Day.[7]

Throughout 2018, Cobb was on a headline tour in support of his newest Low Country Sound LP album called Providence Canyon, which was released May 11, 2018. Cobb also toured extensively as a main supporting act and special guest for Chris Stapleton on his All-American Road Show Tour.[15][16]

Musical style[edit]

Cobb's musical style has been described as "blue collar country"[2] with "bluegrass-leaning inclinations."[17] Some have noted that his sound is closer to Americana than contemporary country music. Jon Freeman of the Nashville Scene described Cobb's voice as "soft and sweet, with surefooted hints of soul."[1] His voice has been compared to Willie Nelson, Al Green,[2] and Merle Haggard.[9] Dave Cobb, who produced Shine On Rainy Day, described the album as "pure rural, country, soul-filled music."[5]

Lyrically, Cobb's songs often detail experiences of rural living in a conversational tone[1] and "the influence of his Southern raising is weaved through nearly every note and line."[18] Writing for Billboard, Elias Leight noted that Cobb is "a laid back narrator, easygoing even when forlorn."[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
Country

[6]
US
Heat

[14]
US
Folk

[19]
No Place Left to Leave
  • Release: August 2006
  • Label: Beverly Martel
  • Format: CD
Shine On Rainy Day
  • Release: October 7, 2016
  • Label: Low Country Sound/Elektra
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
17 5 16
Providence Canyon
  • Release: 11 May 2018
  • Label: Low Country Sound/Elektra
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
2 23
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

EPs[edit]

  • Brent Cobb (2012)[3]

Songwriting[edit]

Selected list of written songs showing album, artist, and year of release
Song Year Artist Album
"Tailgate Blues"[2] 2011 Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines
"Go Outside and Dance"[11] Eli Young Band Non-album release
"Grandpa's Farm"[5][11] Frankie Ballard Frankie Ballard
"Grandpa's Farm"[5][11] David Nail The Sound of a Million Dreams
"Rockaway (The Rockin' Chair Song)"[2] 2012 Kellie Pickler 100 Proof
"Pavement Ends"[2] Little Big Town Tornado
"Old Shit"[2] 2014 Miranda Lambert Platinum
"Stay All Night"[2] Little Big Town Pain Killer
"Don't It"[2] Kenny Chesney The Big Revival
"Sweet By And By" 2016 Miranda Lambert Southern Family

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Freeman, Jon (October 6, 2016). "Brent Cobb Paints the Joy and Sadness of Rural Life in Stunning Detail on His New LP Shine On Rainy Day". Nashville Scene. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Tingle, Lauren (October 11, 2016). "Brent Cobb on the Spirit Behind Shine On Rainy Day". CMT. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Leight, Elias (October 7, 2016). "Brent Cobb Steps Back Into the Spotlight With 'Shine on Rainy Day'". Billboard. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Horowitz, Hal (October 7, 2016). "Brent Cobb: Shine On Rainy Day". American Songwriter. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Carr, Courtney (October 7, 2016). "Brent Cobb Releases Major-Label Debut Album". The Boot. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Brent Cobb - Chart History - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Hertweck, Nate (January 16, 2018). "2018 GRAMMY Nominations: Best Americana Album Roundup". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Evans, Brad (August 24, 2016). "A chat with singer/songwriter Brent Cobb – Playing Macon Aug. 26". The 11th Hour. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  9. ^ a b DeYoung, Bill (January 8, 2013). "5 questions: Brent Cobb". Connect Savannah. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  10. ^ Melchior, Tom (October 28, 2016). "How Brent Cobb made it to Nashville". The Tennessean. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  11. ^ a b c d Sickler, Linda (January 10, 2013). "Georgia songwriter Brent Cobb goes from Willie Nelson to stage of his own". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Brent Cobb plays free July 6 show at Western Carolina". Asheville Citizen-Times. June 28, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  13. ^ Powers, Ann (June 27, 2016). "Nashville Sessions: Brent Cobb". NPR. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Brent Cobb - Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  15. ^ Gage, Jeff (March 9, 2018). "Hear Brent Cobb Honor Late Musician Wayne Mills in New Song". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "Shows". Chris Stapleton. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  17. ^ Moss, Marissa R. (March 23, 2016). "See Brent Cobb Record Folksy 'Down Home' With Producer Cousin Dave Cobb". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  18. ^ Liebig, Lorie (October 6, 2016). "Brent Cobb's 'Shine On Rainy Day' is the Best Debut Album We've Heard in a Long Time". Wide Open Country. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  19. ^ "Brent Cobb Chart History (Americana/Folk Albums)". Billboard.
  20. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 30, 2016). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: October 31, 2016". Roughstock.
  21. ^ Bjorke, Matt (June 4, 2018). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: June 5, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved July 1, 2018.

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