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Review: Brent Cobb’s gospel album deserves praise

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This cover image released by Ol’ Buddy Records shows “And Now Let’s Turn To Page…” by Brent Cobb. (Ol’ Buddy Records via AP)

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“And now on to the page…” Brent Cobb (Ol’ Buddy Records)

Brent Cobb’s discography tells a story — and with his gospel debut ‘And Now Let’s Turn to Page…’, the country singer’s narrative takes a spiritual turn. It’s quite a departure from, say, the bar hijinks of 2018’s “Providence Canyon,” but it packs all the heart of 2020’s softer “Keep ‘Em On The Toes.”

The latest draft is dignified, with Cobb sounding like home in the pew. His twang and unhurried vocals are perfectly placed there, as he covers eight traditional gospel songs, including “We Shall Rise,” Cobb’s funky, honky take on the jubilant “Hallelujah! We Shall Rise.” Her tender voice brings seriousness to “Just a Closer Walk to Thee” – a gospel standard previously covered by Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson, among others.

There’s also an original track, co-written by Cobb, his wife Layne and Mike Harmeier, called “When It’s My Time”. “It was not easy to last this long. Surfing the fine line, between good and evil,” sings Cobb, in a standoff with his own mortality. Reflection isn’t new to Cobb’s music, but a serious car accident in 2020 marked a change for the singer and prompted him to finally record the gospel album he kept on his to-do list. to do.

Produced by longtime Cobb collaborator and Grammy Award-winning cousin Dave Cobb, “And Now Let’s Turn the Page…” excels at bringing renewed energy to the familiar. It’s easy to imagine Cobb standing for his church solo next to an old organ on the picturesque “In the Garden,” and “Old Rugged Cross,” with its acoustic guitar and sustained choir, turns out to be a moving performance.

From start to finish, “And now let’s turn to the page…” serves as a charming introduction to the country church, certainly worthy of a hearty “Amen”.