Sometimes, you have to lose everything in order to seek (and find) peace in that which you truly desire. That was the case for singer-songwriter Brent Cowles, whose dwindling relationship and dismantled band led him to hone in on his solo musical endeavors as he soaked in the artistic flairs of his adopted hometown of Denver, Colorado.
Thus, just as his former country-tinged folk band, You Me & Apollo, came to an end, a rejuvenated, soulful, and rock n’ roll Brent Cowles was born.
“Lift Me Up (Leave Me Here)” follows Cowles’ debut and title-track of his forthcoming EP, Cold Times. He pays utmost homage to Denver with a live acoustic performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, a massive open-air rock structure that truly exemplifies Colorado’s musical culture. As the sun’s glare shines on his guitar and passersby go about their way, we get up close and personal with Cowles’ dynamically hearty voice, natural guitar technique, and genuine passion for his craft.
“There’s some kind of magic in Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, and you can feel it whether it’s empty or full of thousands. The song ‘Lift Me Up (Leave Me Here)’ is a blunt description of the dark places I’ve been throughout my life. I’ve always appreciated music that is relatable, and I think everyone finds themselves in a dark place at some point or another.”
Brent Cowles’ debut Cold Times will be released on April 28, 2017 via Dine Alone Records. In the meantime, your first look at the Red Rocks Acoustic is above, and you can hear the original “Lift Me Up (Leave Me Here)” below.