Cobi: “I was playing blues in bars until one in the morning as a 13-year-old”

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Minnesota native Cobi is a man for whom the blues is less a style and more a way of processing and making sense of the ongoing turd-dump that is real life.

His father walked out when he was seven. A year later, Cobi learned a few chords on his mother’s battered Yamaha acoustic. Soon after that came the blues, and a summer spent lawn-mowing, which resulted in him purchasing a Squier Strat electric guitar aged 11. That Strat, though, seemed to speak to him in a way that little else did. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.