MEET country singer Coby Langham! I would describe Coby Langham and The Citizen Band as having a definite honky tonk sound with a genuine, real-life approach as opposed to commercial country artists that use it as a gimmick. The music and lyrics are thoughtful.
Check out his two new songs to be released on March 13th, titled “Highs and Lows” and “Tequila Tastes So Good”.
What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
I have to go with ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato. Just a touch of mayo. On some good wheat bread.
The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
That one is easy. Elvis. My dad is a huge Elvis fan. We always had tons of Elvis records around the house and dad can do a pretty good impersonation as well. Elvis was the king at our house ha.
Lyrics to live by?
“Sometimes I don’t know where this dirty road has taken me. Sometimes I can’t even see the reason why. I guess I’ll keep gambling. Lots of booze and lots of rambling. It’s easier than just waitin’ round to die”. – Townes Van Zandt
“Desert Island” album?
That’s really tough. Probably one of Waylons greatest hits albums.
What country music artists do you listen to the most?
It changes every week. Right now probably Mike and The Moonpies, Paul Cauthen and Vincent Neil Emerson. I’m on a big Texas kick lately.
How would you describe your “sound”?
I want to sound “honky tonk”. Like if you went in to some random country bar we’re the sound you imagine you’d hear from the band.
Where do you see your musical career in 5 years?
Oh man 5 years. I don’t think that far ahead with the music stuff although I should. My goal is to have other artist record a few songs I’ve written. I feel like that’s where my strong-suit is. In 5 years if someone had recorded a couple of my songs that would be way cool.
Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
I really wish I had learned piano. I think that would be really cool for song writing. I’m tinkering with the fiddle right now but honestly it’s really bad so far.
What was the best advice you have received?
As far as music advice. My friend Justin Wells taught me how to look our hometown gigs as a supply and demand thing. You don’t want to play around every weekend because people just stop coming out. They just saw you. And it’s over said but a lot of people just told me to be myself and that’s super important I think.
What advice would you give to yourself at the start of your musical career?
I would tell myself to be more patient. You want to say YES to every opportunity but sometimes it’s not in your best interest.
Where does most of your inspiration come from?
I’m a truck driver so I’m on the road a lot. I think most of my inspiration for songwriting comes from really being able to sit with my thoughts all day. I’ll think of a line or two and get them down in a note and come back to them when I’m home.
What do you consider to be your biggest achievement in your career so far?
If I had to pick one I would say being able to play at the same festival with John Prine. We got to do that at the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset, KY a couple years back. He’s probably the best songwriter to ever live in my opinion.
What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
We’ve got 2 new songs being released on all the digital platforms on March 13th. I can’t wait for everyone to hear them. The “Highs and Lows” song features Rod Elkins from Tyler Childers band on the drums. He’s a good friend so it was cool to get him in on that one.