3/29/2013 Club Bliss, Sullivan, MO. – This was not an intended shoot for me, and driving to Sullivan, MO., about 1.5 hrs from my home, 50 miles southwest of St. Louis, is not something I would plan unless I had a good reason. On this night, it was all bout supporting my cousin’s son, Marc, who plays bass guitar, and recently joined up with a Nashville singer/songwriter named Brent Cobb. Joined by family, we walked into Club Bliss, which sits behind the Sullivan bowling alley, and is one of 3 bars in town, the only one (I was told by the doorman) that features live music. If you put a hundred people in here, you’d be shoulder to shoulder. From the opening song, it was clear these guys were not a typical bar band. I could tell I was listening to seasoned players, multi instrumentalists, harmonies, dynamic, & original. Brent’s voice, has a real deal southern swagger, and sincerity that you can’t fake. I brought my camera along just to get some shots of Marc, and although there wasn’t a lot of light to work with, I was drawn into the realization I was witnessing a rising artist, on the road playing to anyone who would listen, during the ‘paying your dues’ stage of his career. Digging deeper into Brent Cobb, listening to his EP, then reading his bio, I discovered he has written songs recorded by Luke Bryan, Eli Young Band, Kellie Pickler, and others. He signed a song publishing contract with Carnival Publishing Group in Nashville’, but I can’t imagine anybody telling his stories through song, better than he, everything just felt right through his execution and delivery of his music. Brent is more Shooter Jennings than Rascal Flatts, his delivery and sound is traditional, yet sounds current. Just to throw a few curveballs at the crowd, during their 2 hour show, the guys broke out covers of songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, The Eagles, and even Pink Floyd. I’ll be rooting for this band for several reasons, but mainly because I hope Country music gets pulled back a notch, closer to where it came from than closer to where it’s headed. It’s OK if pedal steel guitar is heard on the radio, songs should be written to tell stories and not because it fits a formula, and humbled, nice people, every once in a while, deserve to be embraced, and eventually win. Photos below.

 

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