Stream Brent Cobb's Set From The 2017 Newport Folk Festival The Georgia-born roots musician's songs tell detailed, easy-paced stories of family and close friends. Hear his Newport Folk set, with special guest Jade Bird.

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Brent Cobb, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

Brent Cobb, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

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"It's the whole reason I'm here right now," said Brent Cobb by way of introducing his song "Down Home" to the Newport Folk Festival audience Friday afternoon. He'd taken some time off from touring after the birth of his daughter, he explained, but was talked back into the working musician's life in order to contribute to his cousin Dave Cobb's recent concept album, Southern Family, for which he wrote and performed "Down Home." One thing led to another, and now Brent Cobb is back on the road supporting his debut album, Shine On Rainy Day.

Like "Down Home," which Cobb described as "a Sunday in the life of my own Southern family," many of the other songs the Georgia-born singer played at Newport tell detailed, easy-paced stories of family members and close friends. "Down In The Gulley" is based on a true incident in which Cobb's uncle's pumping station was mistaken for a moonshine still, while "Solvin' Problems" sketches out a lazy-afternoon conversation with a good buddy. Cobb also welcomed London singer-songwriter Jade Bird onstage for a brand-new song, "Ain't A Road Too Long." Throughout the set, Cobb's soulful singing and acoustic rhythm playing was threaded through with psychedelic electric guitar, lending a cosmic touch to his earthy, homestyle roots music.

Set List

  • "South Of Atlanta"
  • "Diggin' Holes"
  • "Down In The Gulley"
  • "Solving Problems"
  • "Country Bound"
  • "Ain't A Road Too Long" (unreleased)
  • "Traveling Poor Boy"
  • "Down Home"
  • "Black Crow"
  • "Let The Rain Come Down"

Credits

Brent Cobb appears courtesy of Atlantic Records. Technical Director: Josh Rogosin; Audio Engineers: Steve Remote, Steve Kolakowsky, Ken Candelas (Aura-Sonic Ltd.); Producers: Marissa Lorusso, Jenna Li, Suraya Mohamed; Photography: Adam Kissick


Special thanks to TuneIn's Newport Folk Radio. Listen to Newport Folk Radio year-round via TuneIn.com or the TuneIn app.

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