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Slide Guitar Maestro Brian Cober
Releases "Austin Wired"
Cober is the best friend that the slide guitar ever had. He has given the slide
guitar a voice and range of capabilities and harnessed them to drive his own
brand of streetwise, road-wise blues. He has captured the soul that makes one
actually enjoy, in a sympathetic way, his songs of heartbreaks and excesses.
Cober began playing lap steel at age 8, and invented his "Double Slide" style at
age 15 to give him more versatility. With his band The Nationals, Brian Cober
released three acclaimed CDs and has played with Bo Diddley, King Biscuit Boy,
Long John Baldry, Jeff Healey, and Eugene Smith - he’s also opened for Johnny
Winter, James Cotton, Blue Rodeo, John Mayall, Roy Buchanan and many
The Nationals' founding member Paul McNamara passed away in 2008, Cober began
his solo career with a new CD "Real Far Gone". Since then, he has played full
time at clubs, Blues Societies, dances, private parties, and festivals including
the Montreal Jazz Festival, Bluizo Natkys Festival in Lithuania, La Chute Fest,
toured Finland, Lithuania and Israel as well as the southern U.S. Cober is also
a longtime fixture on the Ontario blues circuit.
2014 marks the release of his new album Austin Wired, which was recorded in
Austin, Texas over two remarkable sessions with Cober on guitars and vocals, Big
Ben Richardson on bass and Tom Lewis on drums and percussion. Featuring a wide
range of styles within the blues genre including “Preachin' The Blues (Blues
Walkin' Like A Man)”, the Robert Johnson classic rocked out like a freight train
almost off the rails, “Nuestro Viento”, a Latin tinged instrumental, to
“Delivery Man”, a cheeky song about a delivery man who may be delivering more
than he should.
of the nine songs on Austin Wired represent Cober's best yet and offers the
listener the unique and intricate sound of the Double-Slide, then the mastery of
his instrument becomes obvious, along with his soulful vocals and great
and for however many; listening to Brian Cober is a unique and uplifting musical