Imagine the jam sessions that must take place at the Cobb family home after Thanksgiving get-togethers. Like his cousin, Americana A-list producer Dave Cobb, Brent Cobb has shaped the arc of country music in the 2010s, penning tunes for Miranda Lambert (“Old Shit”), Little Big Town (“Pavement Ends”) and Luke Bryan (“Tailgate Blues”). Along the way, he’s also laid the brickwork for his own career as a solo artist, pouring the twang and tradition of his rural South Georgia roots into new songs like “Black Crow.”
Premiering today, “Black Crow” is an extended family affair, with production from Dave Cobb and a loose, searing slide-guitar solo from close friend Jason Isbell, whose career-making Southeastern – his first of several projects with Brent’s cousin – helped put Dave’s name on the map. It’s Brent who clearly commands the ship, though, drawling his way through a laid-back, bluesy song that sounds tailor-made for back-porch song pulls.
“‘Black Crow’ is about taking the long way home to right a wrong,” he says. “Self-redemption, I guess.”
With its loping, swampy swagger, “Black Crow” paves the way for Cobb’s upcoming solo album, Shine on Rainy Day, which arrives October 14th. It’s not his first release – Brent and Dave collaborated on an album in 2006, too, before either Cobb moved to Nashville — but it functions like an honorary debut album, reintroducing a behind-the-scenes songwriter who deserves his own piece of the stage.