The American south isn't just Brent Cobb's home. It's his muse, too. A Georgia native, he fills his Grammy-nominated songwriting with the sounds and stories of an area that's been home to southern rockers, soul singers, country legends, and bluesmen. Cobb has a name for that rich tapestry of music - "southern eclectic" - and he offers up his own version of it with his newest album, Southern Star.
"Down here, there's a lot going on and there's nothing going on at the same time," he says. "You've got all these different cultures in the south, and everything is mixed in together. Otis Redding and Little Richard were from the same town in Georgia. So were the Allman Brothers. James Brown and Ray Charles grew up right down the road. All these sounds reflect the South itself, and that music has influenced the whole world. It's definitely influenced mine."
Filled with country-soul songwriting, laid back grooves, and classic storytelling, Southern Star distils the best parts of southern culture into 10 of the strongest songs in Cobb's catalogue.
1. Southern Star
2. It's a Start
3. Livin' the Dream
5. 'On't Know When
6. Kick the Can
7. Devil Ain't Done
8. When Country Came Back to Town
9. Miss Ater
10. Shade Tree