A year ago we told you that Kolby Cooper was a guy to watch out for and that he had a more than bright future. Over the last 12 months, we’ve watched him get picked up by Texas powerhouse booking agency Red 11, watched his Spotify listeners climb and stay in the 6 digits, and watched him go from playing for a handful of people to several hundred (as a headliner) with the crowd emphatically singing along! Now the 19-year-old Palestine, TX native is set to drop his 2nd EP, “The Good Ones Never Last” and looking to keep the momentum going!
Recorded at Rosewood Studios and produced by Philip Mosley, the 6 track project takes the listener through love, loss, heartache, and hypocrites. Immediately noticeable is the growth from this batch of songs versus the debut EP. One year older, one more year on the road, one more year on the stage and it shows.
While the songwriting has evolved, and we dig the diversity in the subject matter, it’s the confidence in the delivery that makes it hard to believe that he’s still two years away from even being able to legally drink in the bars he’s playing in. He’s got swagger, he’s got moxie, and yet he’s not afraid to let you into some of his darkest moments.
The production is crisp, the instrumentation solid and lively, the vocals are strong, and the songs are no doubt there. The EP kicks off with the analogous toe-tapper, “Diamond Rings and Cocaine”, followed by already-released “Tired”; which has amassed well over half a million streams and featured on the prominent “New Boots” Spotify playlist. The project then dives into the strongest tracks musically: “Last Goodbye” and “You Don’t Know Me”. “The EP concludes by slowing it down and going straight for the heart, but in two totally different ways. “Fall” is loving, endearing, and warm and has a chorus that makes you want to hold your loved one and sway with them as you sing along. “Curse October” details the passing of Cooper’s father when Cooper was just 14 and is cold, hard, and direct.
“I tried to write that song 40 or 50 times it seems like, and ‘Curse October’ was the first time I felt I ever did it justice,” Cooper told us.
Our *PICK* of the album is “Fall”. Originally started his sophomore year of high school, Cooper put it on the back burner until his senior year; when he finished it while riding home on the bus after a basketball game. We love the melody, the rhythm, and how strongly driven the emotions are without overly complicating it. It’s easy to listen to and hard to forget.
And if a new EP isn’t enough excitement for one year, Cooper is already back in the studio recording his first full-length album due later out this year!
We expect the EP to bolster the strong buzz Cooper has already created and continue to push him into the next tier. Be sure to grab a copy of the EP when it drops this Thursday (4/25), but in the meantime enjoy an early listen to our *PICK* of the album “Fall” below!
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.