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90 Second Spin: Brent Cobb releases “Shine On Rainy Day”


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RHIANNON GILBERT) -- He never aspired to move away from his South Georgia home and make it big, but Brent Cobb’s music has been in the Nashville spotlight for years.  His songs have been recorded by groups like The Oak Ridge Boys and Little Big Town, plus superstars like Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert.  The secret seems to be his true-to-life lyrics and depictions of life in the rural south.

Cobb’s second album as a recording artist, “Shine On Rainy Day,” sounds more no-frills and honest than the big radio hits, but that’s what we’ve come to expect from the studio of his Grammy-winning cousin Dave, who has produced work for artists like Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell.

“Shine On Rainy Day,” is a series of stories steeped in southern wisdom and shot through with a taste of dark humor. Against the backdrop of minimal instrumentation, Cobb delivers tales about old moonshiners, lifelong love, homesickness and rambling front porch conversations, all with almost entirely unedited vocals. The two cousins were careful to set the tone and keep Cobb’s sound as natural as his storytelling style.

According to Cobb’s online biography, “Shine On Rainy Day” has the exact sound and spirit he’s been chasing for the last decade. This new release is far from the last thing Cobb plans to do, but if it was, he says it embodies everything that he would want to say.