Brent Cobb – Providence Canyon (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:00 minutes | 820 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Low Country Sound – Elektra
With his profile raised by his GRAMMY®-nominated, major-label debut, 2016’s Shine on Rainy Day, Georgia’s Brent Cobb spent much of 2017 on the road opening for one of country’s leading songwriters. “When you’re touring with Chris Stapleton,” Cobb said, “you find yourself wanting to play something upbeat.” This seems to have been the inspiration for Providence Canyon, whose songs are beefed up with burly, Southern-fried funk riffs and production as lush as the Georgia pines that grace the album art. Cobb’s knack for everyman storytelling remains intact, best encapsulated by the touching “King of Alabama,” an ode to the tragic passing of outlaw-country musician Wayne Mills.
The title Providence Canyon suggests lush, pastoral vistas speckled with mountain dew gleaming in the sunrise. Brent Cobb delivers on that promise, at least on the title track to his second album, but he’s too restless a spirit to remain in a mellow groove throughout the course of 11 songs. Which isn’t to say Cobb lacks a light touch. One of the chief pleasures of Providence Canyon — and it’s an album with no shortage of pleasures — is the easiness of Cobb’s delivery. He never rushes a song, not when he lays into a thick, swampy groove, settles in for a slow tune, or evokes an outlaw country where all the cowboys would rather act as gentlemen instead of scoundrels. Cobb’s versatility is camouflaged in part by his good humor, which makes all his explorations seem accidental, but some of this suppleness can be credited to his cousin Dave Cobb, a Nashville superstar producer whose signature is enhancing the essence of the artists he records. With Brent, Dave has a singer/songwriter who is sly and well versed in the history of country and funky Americana, and who places equal emphasis on the song and the performance. As a result, Providence Canyon is fleet on its feet but also substantial: it’s a record that can be enjoyed as a vibe, as sharp musical interplay, and as a set of songs that are malleable yet enduring.
01. Providence Canyon
02. King of Alabama
03. Mornin’s Gonna Come
04. Come Home Soon
05. Sucker For A Good Time
06. High In The Country
07. If I Don’t See Ya
10. When The Dust Settles
11. Ain’t A Road Too Long