Brian Cober takes his music seriously. So seriously that when he couldn’t get the sound he wanted, he simply went out and invented the double slide guitar. It involves a slide on a middle finger and one on the thumb.
He’s billed as “the best friend a slide guitar ever had” and no wonder as he’s able to coax sounds out of his guitar that no other slide guitarist can match.
Brian Cober is no raw rookie when it comes to the blues. He’s backed up Bo Diddley, King Biscuit Boy, Johnny Winter, and Jeff Healey. And don’t let his boyish looks deceive you. He’s a man on a mission and his mission is to take the blues world by storm.
His newest release is Austin Wired, aptly named as it was recorded in only two sessions in Austin.
“What will come is the blues for all the ages” is the opening line of the first track What Will Come. It features some unique slide work that hints what will come on the rest of the cd.
Then he hits you with a rockin blues tune, Preachin the Blues. It’s a Robert Johnson tune that has Cober stamped all over it.
I’m A Bluesman Baby should be the title of this album as it’s so fitting. Some great guitar picking on this tune keeps you wanting to hear more and then comes Nuestro Viento, an instrumental with a Latin flair.
Delivery Man is an innuendo tune about a guy who wants to deliver a ‘package’ to his baby. Listen to the lyrics; you can’t help but be amused. The words are chosen carefully so the gist of what’s being delivered is rather obvious.
The album seems to cover just about everything – at times you swear he’ s going into country blues with I Got A Thing
All the songs feature Cober’s slide work which is truly amazing. He can create sounds that many musicians only dream of.
Cober sings “My guitar travellin’ friend always wants to go again.” We’re fortunate that his guitar does indeed want to go again and again.
Get this cd. It’s a pleasure to listen to. And the more you listen, the more you realize you’re experiencing a rare talent.