May 112018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Last month I had the opportunity to see Brent Cobb perform live at the Due South Music Festival in Thomasville, GA.  At this show, I heard a lot of this new album for the first time and it blew me away in a live setting. I’m here to tell you that this music is just as good recorded as it is live.  Brent Cobb has produced an album of country funk and swamp music at it’s finest. This is a big departure from his previous album Shine On Rainy Day which was mostly an acoustic storyteller affair.  The stories are still here and Brent can spin a yarn or two about the small town southern life, but there is a new sonic direction on this album that takes it to the next level.

One of the album’s pre-release singles was “Mornin’s Gonna Come” which is a catchy tune about getting drunk and the morning after.  It has a swampy funk riff that will have dance floors moving for sure. Another favorite is the more mellow “Come Home Soon” which is a southern rock ballad about missing home in small town Georgia.  Another favorite is the acoustic track “High In The Country”. This track would have fit in on Shine On Rainy Day as it is avery strong southern rock inspired singer-songwriter track.

One of my favorites when I saw Brent live was the killer rock track “30-06”.  It combines swampy funky riffs with some great guitar soloing by guest instrumentalist Charlie Worsham.  Finally, another favorite is Brent Cobb’s tribute to fallen country music troubadour Wayne Mills. It’s a touching tribute that doesn’t touch much on the violence that took Wayne’s life, but instead chooses to celebrate how he lived.  I fully believe that the little bit of Wayne’s music that we have in recorded form can stand next to country legends like Merle Haggard or Waylon Jennings and the more ears we get listening to his music the better.

Brent Cobb has released a monster of an album with Providence Canyon.  The new sonic direction of this record and the live performances that will go with it solidify Cobb as a master of country funk.  If you dig you’re country music with a psychedelic 70’s funky swamp music theme to it, get this record. I can see nothing but big things for Brent Cobb if he can maintain this kind of sound with the quality of songwriting he offers on this record.  I look forward to hearing more and I highly recommend checking Brent out live if you get a chance to this year. Providence Canyon is out everywhere music is sold on May 11th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Mornin’s Gonna Come, Come Home Soon, High In The Country, 30-06, If I don’t See Ya, King Of Alabama

 

Brent Cobb – Providence Canyon (2018)

  1. Providence Canyon
  2. King Of Alabama
  3. Mornin’s Gonna Come
  4. Come Home Soon
  5. Sucker For A Good Time
  6. High In The Country
  7. If I Don’t See Ya
  8. 30-06
  9. Lorene
  10. When The Dust Settles
  11. Ain’t A Road Too Long
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