Smooth country blues Georgia soul songsmith Brent Cobb will be releasing his latest album Providence Canyon on May 11th. Produced by cousin Dave Cobb, and to be released on Dave’s Elektra imprint Low Country Sounds, it will see Brent pick up on the momentum that resulted in him being nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album for his previous effort, Shine On Rainy Day.
Ahead of the release, Brent Cobb has unveiled a new song called “King of Alabama” accompanied by an animated video. The song and video hold special meaning to many country music fans since it is a tribute to slain country artist Wayne Mills, who was killed by Chris Michael Ferrell in November of 2013 in Ferrell’s bar. Mills was a well-beloved songwriter and performer who was good friends with Jamey Johnson and many others in the music business. The killing resulted in a high-profile murder trial, where Ferrell was eventually found guilty after pleading self-defense, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
“King of Alabama” talks very specifically about the incident, while also paying tribute to Wayne Mills.
Well nothing good ever happens after midnight, so the story goes
You can’t trust nobody, no matter how close
It was a friend who took him from his family
I keep his chain in my pocket, his son in my prayers
Every stage I’m on, I can feel him there
The video, done by Tom Jarrett, makes references to the life of Wayne Mills, including him playing football at Alabama University, and the notorious cigarette that apparently led to the fight when Wayne Mills was killed.
Providence Canyon, also known as the “Little Grand Canyon” is a place in Southwest Georgia that is known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia, and is portrayed on the cover of the record. Another song, “Ain’t a Road Too Long” has also been made available ahead of the new album release. Providence Canyon is also now available for pre-order.
Providence Canyon Track List:
- “Providence Canyon”
- “King of Alabama”
- “Mornin’s Gonna Come”
- “Come Home Soon”
- “Sucker for a Good Time”
- “High In The Country”
- “”If I Don’t See Ya”
- “When The Dust Settles”
- “Ain’t a Road Too Long”