John Custer

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John Custer is a Grammy Nominated record producer who produced several Corrosion of Conformity albums including Blind (1991), Deliverance (1994), Wiseblood (1996), America's Volume Dealer (2000), In the Arms of God (2005) and Corrosion of Conformity (2012).[1] the Megaladon EP in 2013 and the 2014 full length “IX”. The COC track "Drowning In A Daydream" from Wiseblood was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2014, Custer received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Carolina Music Awards.

The 2013 self-titled album by BIG Something won three album of the year awards. Their first album, released in 2011 (also produced by Custer) won the Album Of The Year award from the Homegrown Network. BIG Something is now touring nationally. Custer was featured on the cover of the January 2014 issue of 3 Dot Magazine which hailed him as “The Indestructible Godfather Of The North Carolina Music Industry". He’s also recorded/produced performance tracks with legendary drummer Roger Hawkins of The Muscle Shoals Swampers, Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers and Government Mule, Metallica’s James Hetfield and drummer Stanton Moore of Galactic, all for Corrosion Of Conformity albums. He recorded COC’s Mike Dean's vocal for the track “Access Babylon” on Dave Grohl’s PROBOT album. And he recorded Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe for Reed Mullin’s upcoming all-star project Teenage Time Killers. He has co-written songs with Corrosion Of Conformity, Cry Of Love, Dag and a host of others.

Custer has also received the 3M Visionary Award which commemorates a #1 single in Billboard Magazine. Custer received his award for producing “Peace Pipe” by Cry Of Love which stayed at the #1 position on Billboard’s Rock Radio Chart for four consecutive weeks. Custer was also recognized by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for co-writing and producing Gran Torino’s “Moments With You” which won the award for the Best Pop Song Of The Year in 2000.

Music Producer John Custer
Music producer John Custer.

Early career[edit]

John Custer spent the early part of his career in New York as a studio session guitarist, providing guitar tracks for national television ads such as VH-1, Ford, Jovan, Mazda, Revlon, and Coca-Cola. At age 25, he began producing and developing original artists. His work runs the gamut from comedian Rich Hall to punk-metal pioneers Corrosion of Conformity.

Custer's first major project was Corrosion of Conformity's Blind, initially released on Relativity Records. Blind caught the attention of Columbia Records and COC was signed.

Columbia Records Projects[edit]

Custer's early development projects, southern rockers Cry of Love and Custer's own funk creation, DAG were both signed to Columbia in the early '90's.

Cry of Love's first single, "Peace Pipe" went to #1 on Billboard Rock Radio charts. “Peace Pipe” was named by Billboard as one of the “top 50 AOR songs of all time”. Their second single, "Bad Thing", co-written with Custer went to #2.

DAG's first release, Righteous was recorded at Muscle Shoals, with Custer producing, writing and co-writing the tracks. True to 1970s funk, Righteous featured guest performances by Roger Hawkins of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport.

Radio hits[edit]

  • The Cry of Love-Custer composition "Bad Thing" was the most requested and played song on rock radio in the country.
  • Knoxville-s Gran Torino and Custer co-wrote radio hit was "Moments With You" It stayed in flagship pop stations’ Top Ten Most Requested for four months.
  • DAG's "Our Love Would Be Much Better", a Custer composition, also stayed in flagship pop radio's Top Ten Most Requested charts for four months.


John Custer has produced several tracks that appear in major movie soundtracks.

Righteous is the 1994 debut release by North Carolina funk band DAG[edit]

Produced by record producer & songwriter, John Custer, this work of 1970s-style solid beats and creative imagination received terrific reviews. A quote from Vibe magazine hailed the album as " of the best funk records since 1978. DAG's debut, Righteous, is definitely some of the most ass-grinding grooves you've heard since back in the day." Featured songs include "Sweet Little Lass", "Righteous (City Pain)" and "Lovely Jane." Numerous additional musicians contribute to Righteous, including Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section drummer Roger Hawkins and jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport.

DAG (from Wikipedia) DAG was a funk alternative band from Raleigh, North Carolina which formed in 1989 and disbanded in 1999. The band consisted of singer and bassist Bobby Patterson, guitarist Brian Dennis, drummer Kenny Soule (from rock bands Nantucket and PKM) and keyboardist Doug Jervey. DAG had already earned many loyal listeners around their hometown over the next few years with their uncommonly 1970s wild funk persona; and with the help of record producer John Custer (who also developed Cry Of Love and produced several Corrosion of Conformity albums), DAG gained the attention of some major record labels. DAG signed with Columbia Records, and released their debut album Righteous in 1994. Their recordings even attracted special guest performances from Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section drummer Roger Hawkins, also known for drum work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Steve Winwood and others. The album was well praised nationally with high reviews. Their 1998 follow-up, Apartment#635, was not as effective, though it still received some critical acclaim. A six-song compilation album, called A Guide to Groovy Lovin', was also released that year. The band split soon after due to changes in musical preferences. DAG songs were featured in two motion pictures, Bad Boys and Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter).

Custer produced two CDs for Cry of Love on the Columbia Records label. Cry Of Love was an American rock band formed in 1991 in North Carolina. The group released their debut album Brother on Columbia Records in 1993 with Custer as producer. They scored a number-one hit on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart with "Peace Pipe" in 1993. The second single from Brother, "Bad Thing" (co-written with Custer) was a number-two hit on the same Billboard chart. "Peace Pipe" was named by Billboard as one of the "top 50 AOR songs of all time".

External links[edit]

ARTICLE: Grammy Nominee John Custer turns The Anonymous Band into a Big Something

Cover story: John Custer: The Indestructible Godfather Of The North Carolina Music Industry"

"…The legendary and immortal John Custer has once again produced another hardcore masterpiece and seemingly assumes his majestic role as the maestro of the North Carolina music scene." -review of Corrosion Of Conformity's 2012 EP "Megalodon" Written by Rob Grissom for 3dotmag


John Custer interview by Stacey Cochran for Raleigh Television Network program The Artist's Craft here:

John Custer 2012 interview on The Wac Stern Show John Custer on the Wac Stern Show. Check out the video at or listen to the podcast at


QUOTES: "It was like getting schooled by a Rock n Roll Jedi master." ~Big Something on working with John Custer. read article here...