By Joshua Wallace
No Place Left To Leave is an important album for Brent Cobb. It’s also one that the majority of his fan base probably hasn’t heard yet so this is a good re-release. Brent Cobb released this record in 2006 before he truly hit the national scene with his 2016 album Shine On A Rainy Day. This record was produced with his cousin Dave Cobb who he had just met at the time. They made the record with Shooter Jenning’s then backing band including Jason “Rowdy” Cope on guitar and Chris Powell on drums. This album features his first two cuts that were recorded by another artist also. These songs are “Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd” which was recorded by Whiskey Myers and “Hold Me Closely” which was recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys. He has since gone on to have songs cut by the likes of Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, The Steel Woods and Lee Anne Womack. This is actually my first time hearing his first album so let’s dig into some of these songs.
The album kicks off with “Richland”. It’s an upbeat shuffle about the place where Cobb comes from called Elleville, GA. This is a small town in southwest Georgia and this song is about the life you’d find there. I really dig the harmonica work throughout the track and you can tell this will be a fun record right from the start. “Lavenders and Loving Gestures” is another highlight and it’s a wonderful break-up ballad. I really dig the pedal steel guitar throughout the track. This version of “Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd” plays more like a demo tape than the version Whiskey Myers recorded on their debut album. It’s still a great rocking tune though that plays into the southern rock sound you would find on Cobb’s Providence Canyon album.
“Black Bottle” continues the southern rock sound and it’s a tune that reminds me of some of the 90’s era grunge bands but more acoustic leaning than that era of rock could be. “Dirt Road In Georgia” is probably my favorite track on this record. This song really captures small town Georgia life better than most others who have tried. I dig the smoothness of this track and I can’t wait to hear a live version of this in the future. “Black Creek” is another smooth ballad on the album that is often a fan favorite. There is some great acoustic picking and it is a great example of the songwriting you would find on his bigger releases.
Even back in 2006, Brent Cobb was showing some promising talent. This re-release of his first album shows me that he will be around for a while whether he is doing a singer songwriter style or a low key southern rock style. You can see Brent Cobb on his acoustic tour if your date isn’t already sold out. I highly recommend seeing him live whether it is acoustic or with his band. You can find out where he will be here. The reissue of No Place Left To Leave is out everywhere as of Friday, February 07th, 2020.
Note: The Charlottesville, VA venue has since been upgraded to The Jefferson
Favorite Tracks : Richland, Lavenders and Loving Gestures, Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd, Black Bottle, Dirt Road In Georgia, Black Creek
Brent Cobb – No Place Left To Leave (2020)
- No Place Left To Leave
- Lavenders and Loving Gestures
- Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd
- Don’t Want To Leave
- Black Bottle
- Dirt Road In Georgia
- Black Creek
- Hold Me Closely