When Brent Cobb set out to record his debut album, 2016’s Shine on Rainy Day, with his producer cousin Dave Cobb, the plan was to make what they called a “country funk” record. What they ended up with, however, was a critically acclaimed but more hushed singer-songwriter album.
Brent Cobb revisits the original edict on his new song: “Ain’t a Road Too Long” is a funky blast of soul, driven along by electric guitar and Cobb’s greasy Georgia drawl. “I keep driving / stay in my lane / there ain’t a road too heavy to haul / to keep me gone,” he sings in the track’s key line, a subtle declaration of devotion to his wife, whose name is Layne.
The singer-songwriter chronicled the writing of the song via the dramatic online docu-series Long Live the Storytellers. Cobb’s new video for “Ain’t a Road Too Long” includes scenes from that shoot – like struggling to write lyrics in his motel room – as well as onstage footage.
Cobb has been opening concerts for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s tour and has a string of dates on Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show. He’ll perform “Ain’t a Road Too Long” on Tuesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards ceremony in Nashville, where he’s nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year. He’s currently working on the follow-up to Shine on Rainy Day.