Cody Webb was put on the country landscape last year with the release of his album Salt. It launched him into the music industry as a professional country artist, and he is now working on the release of his debut EP. He has teased us with a sense of what the collection is going to be like with the release of his new single, More Than A Little.
Straight away I discovered Webb to have a powerful yet conservative sound. I really like the way things kick off immediately. Bring in some compelling vocals, a powerful writing style with some superfluous Americana fretwork you begin to feel right at home with Webb singing in the background. Webb is a good singer/songwriter as he displays strong melodic touches that really bring this collection of songs home. I hate to pigeonhole but right away I can hear artists like Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Josh Turner and Big & Rich. Despite this he stays within the fairway of marketability but definitely pushes boundaries within that space – especially vocally and with his impressive solo guitar skills. I’ve never heard a vocalist get into the song/moment as much as with Webb. I get the impression he’s having fun behind the mic and really flowing with the music. These are compliments by the way.
The musicianship follows down the same path offering up much in the way of a 4 piece folk-rock band. As this passionate good timin’, non-provocative narrative unfolds I was blown away by what Webb has to offer. Telling ordinary tales of extraordinary things really. Sounds so Cliché doesn’t it? Webb really does connect us to the universal power and love, loss, truth with genuine conviction. It’s been said truthful music will set you free. From beginning to end this single keeps the same feel good mood while maintaining an Americana storyline that’s of legends. As for Webb’s voice he delivers semi-emotional yet invigorating performance that will remind you of a modern day Ben Harper or Amos Lee.
The best part about this track is the giant leap that it is for Cody Webb. He has come a long way from a gig performer to a country-rock singer, and this new track is just another indication of his various talents. What is clear is that he has chosen a new style for himself.More Than A Littleis more romantic and calmer when compared to his previous work.
Worth noting is the track’s instrumentation. Even though it is mostly guitars and drums, the arrangement is far more mature than that of the songs on Salt and presents Webb’s voice in a new light. His voice also sounds somehow more admirable, because he is not relying on the guitar too much. Moreover, the love theme on the song is its dominant factor, which requires the vocals to be at their best: emotive and strong. This has been perfectly delivered by Webb, showing that it is not only the powerful rock that he excels at. His voice helps the song touch deeper and sound sweeter.
Cody Webb has created a name for himself and a space for himself in the industry and it seems like he is only going upwards henceforth. It appears as though he is still in the process of discovering his own sound and it is only a matter of time till he unleashes it for all of us to enjoy.