DAVE COBB’S SOUTHERN FAMILY COMPILATION TO BE RELEASED MARCH 18
FEATURING ZAC BROWN, BRANDY CLARK, BRENT COBB, ANDERSON EAST, JASON ISBELL, SHOOTER JENNINGS, JAMEY JOHNSON, MIRANDA LAMBERT, RICH ROBINSON, MORGANE STAPLETON WITH CHRIS STAPLETON, JOHN PAUL WHITE AND HOLLY WILLIAMS
COBB NOMINATED FOR PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AT THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
Southern Family—a new compilation produced and conceived by Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb—will be released March 18 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records and is now available for pre-order.
Each album pre-order comes with an immediate download of the album’s lead track, John Paul White’s “Simple Song,” which and can now be heard/shared here. Of the project NPR Music’s Ann Powers praises, “Tapping into that depth of emotion within a carefully constructed framework—achieving authenticity not by taking craft and structure for granted, but by being so mindful that new levels of insight can be reached—is what Cobb's approach is all about.”
In addition to White, Southern Family features an all-star line up of artists including Jason Isbell, Zac Brown, Miranda Lambert, Morgane and Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Anderson East, Holly Williams, Brent Cobb, Brandy Clark, Shooter Jennings and Rich Robinson. Recorded in Nashville throughout the fall of 2015, the album features ten original songs and two covers including Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton’s rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.”
Comprised of songs rooted in country, blues, folk and rock, the record is inspired by the Civil War concept album White Mansions, written by British performer Paul Kennerley, produced by Glyn Johns and featuring American musicians like Waylon Jennings and Eric Clapton.
Of his vision behind the project, Cobb comments, “Somebody said, ‘You should make a concept record,’ and I kind of giggled about it for a second. But, then I thought, man, wouldn’t it be amazing to have all my friends on one record and really find a common thread? Southern Family, about their mothers, grandparents, kids, siblings, these detailed stories about how they grew up and their families and the things that make them who they are.” He adds, “This really encapsulates Nashville right now. There’s something to it. There’s something in the air. There’s a lot of great things about Nashville. There’s something here that doesn’t exist anywhere else in my lifetime. I’m sure this happened in London in the ‘60s and California in the ‘70s and maybe New York in the late ’50s or early ‘60s. But I think, right now, Nashville is the home of music.”
Additionally, of his involvement in the project, White explains, “When Dave approached me about the project, I had a pretty large ‘Keep Out’ sign in my yard. He was in the Shoals working on Anderson East’s record, and came by to say hi. We’d never formally met. I told him I was a fan of his at the Americanas earlier, but that was the extent of our conversations. He eloquently laid out his master plan and sucked me right in. I was immediately intrigued by the framework, but was ultimately sold on it by his passion. I could tell that this album really meant something to him, and that meant something to me. I’m happy to say that it's been a pleasure creating alongside Dave. I’m incredibly flattered and thankful to be involved with a project this unique, and with the caliber of musicians and artists that Dave has brought to the table.”
Based in Nashville, Cobb has produced records for some of the most influential artists over the last few years, including critically acclaimed releases from Stapleton, Isbell, Johnson, Jennings, Sturgill Simpson, Lindi Ortega and Waylon Jennings. In addition to being nominated for Producer of the Year at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Cobb is also nominated for Album of the Year (Stapleton’s Traveller), Best Country Album (Stapleton’s Traveller) and Best Americana Album (Isbell’s Something More Than Free). Previous awards include the 2015 CMA Award for Album of the Year (Stapleton’s Traveller) and the 2014 Americana Music Award for Album of the Year (Isbell’s Southeastern) as well as previous Grammy nominations in 2011 and 2007 for Best Country Album (Johnson’s The Guitar Song and That Lonesome Song).
SOUTHERN FAMILY TRACK LIST
1. John Paul White “Simple Song”
2. Jason Isbell “God Is A Working Man”
3. Brent Cobb “Down Home”
4. Miranda Lambert “Sweet By and By”
5. Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton “You Are My Sunshine”
6. Zac Brown “Grandma’s Garden”
7. Jamey Johnson “Momma’s Table”
8. Anderson East “Learning”
9. Holly Williams “Settle Down”
10. Brandy Clark “I Cried”
11. Shooter Jennings “Can You Come Over”?
12. Rich Robinson (featuring The Settles Connection) “The Way Home”