While living through the musical moments of our era, it can be hard to quantify them in real time. You really have to zoom out, look at the bigger picture, and realize just how far we have come in country music over the last decade or so to be thankful for where we are now.
When Saving Country Music commenced in 2008, none of us could ever imagine our favorite little independent/underground country artists and bands rising to the point where they were topping albums charts, being nominated for and winning Grammy Awards, minting Gold and Platinum singles and albums, and selling out theaters and arenas, or even just building sustainable careers where they could support themselves and their families.
One of the many beneficiaries of this groundswell in independent music over the last many years has been the wise and reflective Brent Cobb. Who better to illustrate what has been happening in country music over that time than Cobb since he witnessed so much of it first hand. He does this more than mere words ever could with a new song and video called “When Country Came Back to Town.”
From his upcoming album Southern Star out September 22nd, the song perfectly encapsulates what we’ve experienced in independent country. As opposed to criticizing where country music has been in the near past—which is such an easy and appealing thing to do—Brent Cobb uses the names of artists who’ve risen from obscurity over the last few years to illuminate just how far we’ve come.
Saving Country Music first highlighted the song in February of 2022 when Brent Cobb debuted it live. “Took me about 15 years to write this song,” Brent Cobb said at the time. “Finally finished it up a few days ago. Next time you’re trying to tell your friends about all the cool country artists you listen to just send them to this song. I got as many as I could in there. Proud to know these folks. Been a long time comin’…“
Yeah, it’s a name dropper. But in this instance, that’s the entire point. It’s like a playlist of the best country and Americana artists from the last decade. And hopefully as time goes on, the names continue to grow, and so does the support, as country music continues to “come back to town.” See all the names mentioned in the song below the video.
Brent Cobb’s Southern Star is now also available for pre-order.
Jason “Rowdy” Cope (The Steel Woods) [RIP]
Cousin Dave (producer Dave Cobb)
Mike and the Moonpies