Man, if you’re looking to dive deeper into the world of country music, beyond the shallow depths of country radio, but you don’t even know where to begin… Brent Cobb just gave you a great place to start.
It’s pretty popular to hate on country music these days, especially the cookie cutter pop country artists that Music Row manufactures each and every day. And, I can’t tell you how many comments I read every day saying things like “Country died with Waylon and Johnny” or “I don’t listen to any new country.”
But the truth is, there is a lot of great country music out there if you just know where to look. Especially in the past few years, with the emergence on independent superstars like Cody Jinks, Tyler Childers, and Turnpike Troubadours.
And rather than shitting on the bad, Brent Cobb took the opportunity to shine a light on some names that have contributed to the incredible resurgence of real country music as of late.
Performed live at The Basement in Nashville last week, Brent Cobb debuted “When Country Came Back To Town,” a namechecking toast to some of the artists making good country music these days.
In the song, Cobb sings about his time in the country music world, observing and in some cases, working alongside the incredible artists like Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Cody Canada Ryan Bingham and more.
He then gives a nod to Sturgill Simpson’s High Top Mountain, along with Tyler Childers, Cody Jinks, Margo Price, Brandi Carlile, Nikki Lane, and even some more mainstream acts like Miranda Lambert, Chris and Morgane Stapleton, and even Luke Combs.
He rounds out by showing love to Turnpike, Colter Wall, Jason Eady and Country Patton, Mike and the Moonpies, Charley Crockett, and even his buddy sitting on the stool right next to him, Aaron Ratiere.
He shared the video on Facebook saying this song took him 15 years to write:
“Took me about 15 years to write this song. Finally finished it up a few days ago.
Next time you’re trying to tell your friends about all the cool country artists you listen to just send them to this song. I got as many as I could in there. Proud to know these folks.
Been a long time comin’… ‘When Country Came Back To Town.'”
Listen closely for the full list of artists he namechecks, and keep an eye out for the “drum machine” sounds… I almost spit out my coffee when he did that.
Maybe if Brent stays in this business another 15 years, this song will break the 10 minute mark.
Brent Cobb Drops New Gospel Album, ‘And Now, Let’s Turn To Page…’
Take ’em to church.
Brent Cobb recently released his first career gospel album, affectionately titled, And Now, Let’s Turn The Page…
The album, which was inspired by an awful wreck in which he got t-boned at a rural four-way stop with his young son in the car back in 2020, is a collection of gospel songs that are very dear to Cobb’s heart, with a number of them playing a crucial part in his upbringing in Ellaville, Georgia.
He reflected on the new record:
“These songs have uplifted my spirit throughout my whole life. They still do today.
Doesn’t matter to me what anyone does or doesn’t believe in, if the only belief one has is in music, I believe this album will uplift the listener’s spirit as well.”
The project was produced by Dave Cobb, and features an original gospel song “When It’s My Time,” written by Brent, his wife Layne, Mike and the Moonpies frontman Mike Harmeier.
Talk about good for the soul.
A sound like this just comes so natural for the guy.