Brent Cobb, "King of Alabama"
A tribute to country singer Wayne Mills, who was shot and killed in 2013, "King of Alabama" dishes up greasy slabs of country-funk and Southern soul. Cobb sings the song as though he's three beers into a night of heavy drinking, which lends a laidback, loose-lipped strut to the proceedings. Produced by cousin Dave Cobb and recorded between breaks from the road, "King of Alabama" doubles as an appetizer for Providence Canyon, Cobb's second major-label release. Come for the raw twang and countrified croon; stay for the Thin Lizzy guitarmonies that punctuate the bridge, proving that Cobb still isn't unafraid to push beyond his genre's borders. R.C.