Produced by Brad Cook (Waxahatchie, Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger), Keep ‘Em On They Toes was created after Cobb moved back to his home state of Georgia after several years between Nashville and Los Angeles—a decision that greatly influenced his songwriting. The ten tracks find Cobb with a new reflective mindset, focusing on how he views the world and expressing his own opinions, thoughts and feelings.
In celebration of the release, Cobb will perform a special livestream concert next Thursday, October 8th at 7:00pm ET/6:00pm CT as part of Ram Trucks’ ‘RAM JAM’ series in association with SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel. The event will be available to view on Cobb’s Facebook page and also shared via the Ram Trucks and Outlaw Country pages.
“Listening to this album feels like I’m sitting there with somebody, having a conversation,” Cobb comments. “I would hope that it feels like sitting with an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. There’s nothing like being alone and listening to an album that is quiet and conversational — like those old records by Jerry Lee Lewis, Roger Miller, or Willie Nelson. I hope my music is that way to somebody now.”
The new album release continues a series of breakout years for Cobb following 2018’s Providence Canyon, of which The Guardian commented that Cobb “veers through southern rock, hard country and Americana to terrific effect” whilst Mojo said the album “is one of those brilliantly timeless albums that could have been lost in someone’s dusty attic for decades” and 2016’s Shine On Rainy Day, which Uncut hailed as “The work of a man who’s finally found his calling.”
Cobb has earned nominations for Best Americana Album at the 60th GRAMMY Awards and Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards. He has also been featured on CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series and has toured extensively across the world including numerous performances as part of Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show.