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World Cafe Next: Brent Cobb

The Nashville songwriter's major-label debut is reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver and James Taylor all at once. Hear two songs.
Brent Cobb is from rural Georgia, but he's been paying the bills as a songwriter in Nashville for the last 10 years. These days, he's an overnight sensation with a major-label debut produced by his cousin Dave Cobb. The simply produced, largely acoustic Shine On Rainy Day is reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson's debut for its importance, of Billy Joe Shaver for its down-home intelligence and even of James Taylor for its deceptively lazy delivery.

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