Regarding the song, Cobb reveals, “My wife, Layne, sent ‘Patina’ to me one night after a show during a long stretch of a tour. Sometimes if it’s an extended run, I can get in my head about worrying if I’m being the best dad and husband I can be due to being gone so much. It gets hard keeping up with it all. At least, on those nights it feels like it does. This was one of those nights.
“She had written it several months before and kept it to herself. All it took was the first line, the way she originally wrote it went ‘You got one hand on the wheel and one on my thigh. You got a way that makes my heart feel like it’s flyin…’ and it pulled me right out of my head and back down to earth. It took me right back to the two of us easing down dirt roads in my grandpa’s old Toyota, listening to Otis Redding when we were young adults just dating. All we had back then was the present moment. The only thing any of us really have is ‘right now.’ I can’t think of anything more comforting than that.”
‘Patina’ is the second song unveiled from Cobb’s anticipated new album, Southern Star, which will be released September 22 via Ol’ Buddy Records/Thirty Tigers (pre-order/pre-save here). Ahead of the release, the title track recently debuted, of which Rolling Stone declares, “Few artists embody the South quite like Brent Cobb,” while American Songwriter praises, “a down-home and heartfelt tune.” Watch the official music video HERE.
Produced by Cobb (his first self-produced album) and recorded at Macon’s famed Capricorn Sound Studios, Southern Star is a love-letter to Cobb’s southern roots, filled with the sounds and stories of his home state of Georgia. Across these ten tracks, featuring local Georgia musicians, Cobb finds beauty in the small moments, as he explores seemingly simple themes with his signature southern electric sound and lyrical depth.
Reflecting on the album, Cobb shares, “You know how when you’re growing up, you’re told that if you ever get lost out there, look for the northern star to help find direction back home? Well, I’m from Georgia. So, I always look for the southern star. This album, the songs, the sounds… it’s all a product of where I’m from both musically and environmentally. Historically and presently that place also happens to be the same place that cultivated a good many of the most influential artists in the whole world of music. Music as we know it would not exist without the American south. It’s funky and sentimental. It’s simple and complex.”
In celebration of the new music, Cobb will embark on an extensive US headline tour this Autumn with stops including Los Angeles’ Troubadour, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Atlanta’s Terminal West, and Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl among many others. He will also join Luke Combs on his sold-out US stadium tour this summer as well as select dates with Whiskey Myers and The Steel Woods this year.
Based in Ellaville, GA, Cobb has released four albums to date including his 2022 debut gospel record, And Now Let’s Turn To Page…, and 2020’s Keep ‘Em On They Toes, which led Rolling Stone to call him, “an enlightened figure, blessed with the gift of finding purpose and meaning in the smallest of details.” Additionally, Vice declared, “as strong of a songwriter as ever” and American Songwriter proclaimed, “With Keep ‘Em On They Toes…the philosophical songwriter/artist arrives.”
In addition to his work as an artist, Cobb is also an esteemed songwriter with cuts by Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Riley Green, Little Big Town, Hailey Whitters, Whiskey Myers and many more. He also released his first children’s book, Little Stuff, in 2021, which was written as a reflection on what’s truly important in life and was inspired by Cobb’s song of the same name from his album, Keep ‘Em On They Toes.