Interview: Brent Cobb's quiet coup
Brent Cobb

Southern themes abound on Brent Cobb’s debut LP Shine on Rainy Day: the joys and sorrows of rural life, the resilience of family, the complexities of the heart. But Cobb opts for truth over truisms, with lyrics that flow more like a story told over beers than a carefully-crafted rhyme scheme; it's less "songwriting" and more storytelling. Cobb wrote nine of the album's 10 tracks, the one exception was "Country Bound," a song he witnessed his dad and uncle write as a five-year-old. 

“I figured [the album] would connect to the people in my hometown, cause that's a lot of what the record's about,” Cobb told AXS. Luckily, his crtically-acclaimed debut has affected more than the 1,812 residents of Ellaville, Ga. “You don't have to be from any particular place to have experienced that way of life," he explained. 

The content is both specific and expansive, moving from ominous (“Black Crow”) to optimistic (“Shine On A Rainy Day”) to self-deprecating ("Digging Holes") and back again. It's given him entry to country's elite tier, where he stands alongside the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Chris StapletonAnderson East, Margo Price and Nikki Lane, for whom he served as support on her recent Stagecoach Spotlight Tour

“It was like summer camp,” Cobb said of the recently-wrapped trek. “Or middle-of winter-camp. We just had a blast.” Cobb just played the tour’s namesake Stagecoach Festival, the high-grossing, taste-making desert country fest known for its seamless blend of commercial and cool. Cobb has re-upped for another round of Stagecoach Spotlight, which is now shining its light on alt-country icon Jamey Johnson and Price. “It's such a neat time right now, I feel like I'm living in a moment [with] all these artists that are sort of cut from the same cloth..It just feels like a celebration.”  

In the coming months, Cobb will support Stapleton on his All-American Road Show tour and cross another item off his bucket list: “It will be the first time in 12 years of going after it that I'll actually be able to afford a bus.” For many, this excitement comes from the thought of a toilet and a bed. For Cobb, it’s a different extravagance: “I’m just looking forward to being able to write on the road. I've been looking forward to that for 12 years.”

In September, Cobb will warm up audiences on select dates of the Soul2Soul tour for superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, a man he's not afraid to ask for tips. “Tim McGraw is a guy that's been able to keep a career together for over [20 years]. And he's been able to somehow stay on top this whole time, so [I'm looking forward to] just learning from someone who's had that sort of longevity.”  

For now, Cobb is cool with where he's at: “I’m just glad [my music] means something to anybody." Soon, the more accurate word choice may be everybody. Check out Cobb's upcoming dates below. 

Stagecoach Spotlight Tour Dates 

May 3 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre (Click here for tickets)
May 8 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (Click here for tickets)
May 9 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo (Click here for tickets)
May 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre (Click here for tickets)

Soul2Soul Tour Dates

Sept. 7 — Columbus, OH — Nationwide Arena (Click here for tickets
Sept. 8 — Auburn Hills, MI —The Palace of Auburn Hills (Click here for tickets
Sept. 9 — Fort Wayne, IN — Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (Click here for tickets