EAST NASHVILLE, TN (June 3, 2022) – Gutbucket blues. Gypsy jazz. Back porch rock n’ roll. Cody Brooks plays it all, whipping up a raw, rootsy racket on his debut album, First World Problems out today June 3 via Pasadena Records. Buy/stream album HERE
With help from a 1929 B&J Victoria parlor guitar and a voice that’s as wild and rough-hewn as the Tennessee backwoods where he grew up, Cody Brooks embraces that old-world vibe, updating its sound with the sneer of punk rock and the swagger of hip-hop. Although still in his 20s, Brooks has lived the sort of life that’s more typical of someone from a previous century.
“I’ve always had a pension for writing songs about the unmentionables,” says Cody. “The moments and places of self-discovery or destruction that is too often left unsaid… unsung.”
“Stay Gone’ is my approach to the moments where we crack under the pressure of self and collapse,” Cody continues. “Simply a star folding into its own oblivion. These are critical times in our lives where we get the opportunity not only to let the chaos breach our understanding of self, but also get the chance to build ourselves again, whether it’s for the better or the worse, the choice is yours to redesign your foundation to hold your star again. “
“Snake in the Kitchen” was inspired by Cody’s three-day fever dream after a bite from a baby copperhead. Check out the wicked video HERE
First World Problems was produced by A-List drummer, Ken Coomer (former Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) Cody and Ken played nearly every instrument on the album, not only embracing the songs, but the noise as well. “We wanted this record to shake the jaded,” says Cody. “We didn’t want to sound safe.”