The path of a songwriter is long and winding. Countless hours spent strumming chords, scribbling lyrics and dreaming up new melodies often don’t even result in a recording, let alone a hit single.
“So many people in this business today who are just starting out can’t get a break,” songwriter Dan Penn, who wrote Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” explains in the first episode of Ram Trucks’ original series Long Live the Storytellers. “A break is a hit song that you wrote. God’s got ’em all hangin’ right up there in the sky. You just gotta reach up there and grab one, hope you get a winner.”
The video follows breakthrough artist Brent Cobb throughout the first steps of songwriting: crumpled pages litter the floor in a dimly lit room, where empty plastic cups are scattered across table tops.
But eventually, Cobb finds a groove and begins strumming the soft chords that open his song “Country Bound,” off his debut album Shine on Rainy Day, produced by his cousin, Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, and released in 2016 by Low Country Sound/Elektra Records.
“Some people pick up a pen and it just flows out,” Dave Cobb says about songwriting. “Some people have to work real hard at it.”
“Hear that quiet music calling,” Brent Cobb croons. “I can’t shake it off my mind… I think I’m going country bound.”
It’s no wonder that Cobb – who before coming to Nashville did a stint, like a fish out of water, in L.A. – often reminisces about the country: he was born in Americus, Georgia, in the rural, south-central part of the state.
Shine on Rainy Day garnered overwhelming acclaim, leading to an Americana Honors & Awards nomination for Cobb as Emerging Artist of the Year and a TV debut on Conan.
The video above is the first episode of a four-part series that will take fans along with Cobb on his journey of writing and recording the new song “Ain’t a Road Too Long” (set for release September 15th). Each installment tells a part of the story, celebrating the long road of a songwriter and showcasing the resilience, hard work, integrity and tenacity that the craft demands – the same values on which Ram Trucks were built.
Look for Episodes Two, Three and the official video release to premiere soon.