I've been waiting on purpose to write this article you're about to read simply because I was not ready. I did not have the appreciation that I do now for artists like Brent Cobb. I was still going through a transitional phase where my tastes were, and in many ways are, changing. My love for upbeat honky tonk country will never go away, but I was so unaccustomed to stopping and listening to some of the more soulful artists out there, that I didn’t know where to begin. I didn't take the time to stop and really listen to the words and try to decipher what I could. Some things admittedly still go over my head, but that's ok. I don't pretend to be some Brainiac that knows every little meaning to every thing out there. I do know, that someone like Brent Cobb has a very bright future ahead of him.
Brent Cobb's style of music is a blend of styles that skirts the line of a twangy southern classic rock and folk. One does not simply flip-on music like Shine On Rainy Day and just use it as background noise. (insert meme of your choice here) It is intended to be played with you giving your undivided attention and listening intently. Then listen yet again, picking up the subtle touches that you missed the first five times. The care that Cobb put into this album is evident with its well balanced tempos and varied moods.
If Brent's last name seem familiar to you, you might recognize it from his cousin, David Cobb who has worked to produce some incredible albums. With a resume consisting of Chris Stapleton, Shooter Jennings, Anderson East, and Jason Isbell, it was only fitting that he produce his younger cousin's album as well.
Brent Cobb singing Diggin' Holes on Conan
Shine On Rainy Day is a reflection of the slow paced life where Cobb calls home in Georgia. It's his little piece of heaven that inspired the overall nature of this album. Close your eyes as you listen to some of these songs and you might just end up in Georgia. There's a laid back nature throughout, especially in Solving Problems where he and a buddy find themselves shooting the breeze. Just a couple of guys sitting and talking about everything and anything passing the time. Some of the fondest times I have are when it's just you and a few friends or family having a few beers bs'ing about whatever comes to mind.
One of the songs that stands out to me has always be Diggin' Holes and it's ironic upbeat tune yet self deprecating lyrics. Not only is the song an incredible sounding toe tapper, with that wonderful smokiness, it also lends itself to a clever humor. Being so bad at something and driving it into the ground, that he might as well dig holes for a living. Some of us might as well get ourselves a nice Caterpillar excavator to make our lives easier. I take a song like this and think back to when I was in school and teacher's would discuss the different books we would read. There were times that you didn't always see the humor on the first read because of surface reading. That mistake of taking the words (lyrics in this case) at face value and not the ironic meaning which will make you chuckle. It's the difference between an artist like Cobb and what resides on your FM dial.
Those that have likely been going through any sort of struggle will appreciate the message on the title track Shine On Rainy Day. It’s when the times get dark that we stop and reflect and have those deeper connections that went previously unrealized. Some may spend more time praying and talking to God when times get tough or when there is no real direction on where life should lead. Shine On Rainy Day is an example of the very thing it discusses. We often fail to have deep connections to music until there is a moment in life that drives us to the lyrics. People try to find things they can relate to in difficult times to help make life just a little more bearable. To help persevere and maybe find some sort of meaning.
This album is our first true introduction to the style of music Brent Cobb wants to make and put his name on. I'm sure after you listen to it multiple times in it's entirety, you will agree that Shine On Rainy Day definitely won't be his last and he will continue to keep raising the bar.
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