Brent Cobb enjoyed an exciting year in 2017, building his fanbase as he opened for Chris Stapleton, as well as for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, but Cobb is far from green when it comes to understanding the lifestyle of Nashville songwriting and performance. As a songwriter, he has cut tracks with Luke Bryan, the Oak Ridge Boys, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and more big names.

After releasing a new single from an upcoming project at the end of last year, Cobb announced that he would be releasing his next album, Providence Canyon, in 2018. Read on to learn all the details about the new disc.

The Title

The album's title, Providence Canyon, comes from its first track. Themes of geography run strong through the album, with track titles such as "King of Alabama," "Ain't a Road Too Long" and "High in the Country," so it's fitting that the project's title is evocative of a place.

The Release Date

Providence Canyon is set for release on May 11, 2018. Pre-order it here.

The Album Cover

Elektra Records

The album's cover art is a painter's rendition of a canyon, lush and overgrown with vegetation, with a blue sky and tree line in the distance.

The Producers

Providence Canyon was produced by Grammy Awards-winning producer Dave Cobb, who has also produced music by artists such as Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, the Oak Ridge Boys and many more. The two are cousins.

The Single

Cobb released the album's first single, "King of Alabama," on March 9; it's a tribute to Wayne Mills, the Alabama-born country singer who performed with megastars such as Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton while they were still cutting their teeth in the country scene. In 2013, Mills was shot to death by the owner of the Lower Broadway bar Pit and Barrell, in Nashville, Tenn. Cobb holds steady with mid-tempo, Southern rock vibes on "King of Alabama," the acoustic guitar riffs as evocative of a drive along a middle-of-nowhere Southern highway as they are of Music City.

The Songs 

In addition to the new single released this month, the album's closing song, "Ain't a Road Too Long," has been available to listeners since September of 2017. Like "King of Alabama," "Ain't a Road Too Long" showcases the intimate familiarity Cobb has with the musician's life in Nashville.

"Now don't get me wrong, sometimes it's tough going on / Takes all I got to not just give it a rest," Cobb sings in the second verse of the song. "But it ain't as hard as it seems keeping a grip on the dream / I mean, I know I'm over flowingly blessed."

The song is an homage to the working musicians of Nashville, who stay out on Broadway playing gigs until 3AM, then roll hungover into their restaurant industry shifts five hours later. While the song clearly comes from personal experience -- and Cobb's personal experience is the Nashville musician lifestyle -- "Ain't a Road Too Long" could apply to anyone working hard to chase a dream, whether that dream might be fame or simply providing for a family.

Brent Cobb, Providence Canyon Track Listing:

  1. "Providence Canyon"
  2. "King of Alabama"
  3. "Mornin's Gonna Come"
  4. "Come Home Soon"
  5. "Sucker for a Good Time"
  6. "High in the Country"
  7. "If I Don't See Ya"
  8. ".30-06"
  9. "Lorene"
  10. "When the Dust Settles"
  11. "Ain't a Road Too Long"

The Tour

In support of the album, Brent Cobb's Ain't a Round Too Long Tour is currently underway. Readers can find the latest details about all of Cobb's tour stops here.

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