Dave Cobb

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Dave Cobb
Born (1974-07-09) July 9, 1974 (age 43)
Savannah, Georgia US
Genres Americana, Country
Occupation(s) Record producer
songwriter
Instrumentalist
Recording engineer
Mixer
Years active 2005–present
Labels Low Country Sound
Elektra Records
Atlantic Records
Associated acts A Thousand Horses
Anderson East
Chris Stapleton
Brent Cobb
Wheeler Walker, Jr.
Corb Lund
Jason Isbell
Lindi Ortega
Shooter Jennings
Sturgill Simpson
Whiskey Myers
Europe
Rival Sons
Website davecobbproducer.com

Dave Cobb (born July 9, 1974) is a record producer who is based in Nashville, Tennessee, most well known for producing the work of country acts such as; Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton,[1] Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, Colter Wall, Zac Brown Band, Lori McKenna, Brandi Carlile, Anderson East and Jason Isbell.[2].[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Cobb was born in Savannah, Georgia,[5] to Mary Cobb (née Floyd) and David Cobb, Sr. He went to The Cottage School in Roswell, Georgia.

Cobb said his family was very religious and was active in the Pentecostal faith (his maternal grandmother was a minister).[6] Cobb started out playing drums and taking guitar lessons at church when he was four years old.[6]

Career[edit]

When Cobb was first starting in music, he worked as a session player in Atlanta.[7] He joined the band The Tender Idols, featuring Ian Webber (vocals), Danny Howes (guitar), Guy Strauss (drums) and Joe Jones (bass). They released three LPs, the second of which Dave Cobb co-produced. They signed with Emagine Records based in New York. Cobb played guitar and bass and was in the band for seven years.[8] He was involved in the recording process, which got him interested in being in the studio, and led to him recording other bands he was friends with.[5] The record contract was very restrictive and took a long time to get out of.[6]

From when he was 27 years old, Cobb lived in Los Angeles, where he went after moving on from the band. He lived there from 2004 to 2011, eventually moving to Nashville in 2011.[9]

Cobb considers Shooter Jennings family. The two have worked together for a long time, since they met in California via Cobb's manager, Andrew Brightman.[5] In 2005, Cobb and Jennings made the record Put the "O" Back in Country, together as their first collaboration.[8]

In 2009, from his connection to Jennings, Cobb produced Oak Ridge Boys' record The Boys Are Back,[10] encouraging the band to record outside their catalog. They covered songs by The White Stripes, Neil Young, John Lee Hooker.[11]

Cobb and Sturgill Simpson first met at a Billy Joe Shaver concert.[12] They completed the record Metamodern Sounds in Country Music in four days. Cobb says he used many vintage recording techniques, avoiding the electronic approach.[8]

The approach of recording Jason Isbell's Southeastern was an effort to chronicle an acoustic sound similar to what is found on Simon And Garfunkel's Bridge over Troubled Water, where non-traditional recording environments captured a live, warm sound.[5][13]

Cobb met singer-songwriter Anderson East at Nashville's legendary Bluebird Cafe. The two ended up making East's record, Delilah, which was recorded at legendary FAME Studios in North Alabama's Muscle Shoals. Rodney Hall from FAME allowed the pair into the archives—in the vault they found George Jackson's song, "Find 'Em, Fool 'Em, Forget 'Em," which is now a track on Delilah.[14] The video for "Find 'Em" is shot at FAME.[15]

In 2013, Cobb began work producing Early Morning Shakes, the third studio album from Whiskey Myers, a Country Southern rock band from Palestine, Texas. The record was released on February 4, 2014.

Cobb is managed by Brightman Music.[16] He runs Low Country Sound[17] an imprint of Elektra that has a deal with Atlantic Records.[18] The debut project for Low Country Sound was the 2015 record Delilah, by Anderson East, who is currently signed with the label.[19]

In 2016, Cobb curated the collaborative album Southern Family. Cobb was inspired by the album White Mansions. It was released on his Low Country Sound imprint. The record, which is characterized as a concept album, is focused on themes centered on family values and the artist's experiences growing up in the South. It contains song contributions by Zac Brown, Anderson East, Jason Isbell, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Morgane and Chris Stapleton among others. It was released on March 18, 2016.[20]

In July 2016, Cobb took residency of RCA Studio A on Nashville's Music Row. The studio is Adjacent to RCA Studio B which opened in 1956. The title of Chris Stapleton's 2017 release From A Room: Vol. 1 refers to the album being recorded at the studio.

Artistic approach[edit]

“Number one is the voice. That’s what people respond to the most, the singer is everything.” -Dave Cobb

Cobb has said he focuses on the performer's voice, aiming for an end product which sounds natural. Cobb often plays guitar, and occasionally drums, on the records he produces.[5] Cobb cites Jimmy Miller (Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street) as an important influence in his approach to producing, as well as Glyn Johns and Brendan O'Brien.[5] Current influences include Gabriel Roth (Daptone Records).[21]

Personal life[edit]

Cobb lives in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee.[9][19] He is married. He and his wife, who is from Albania, have a daughter.[6][8][9]

One of Cobb's paternal cousins from Georgia is the singer-songwriter Brent Cobb.[8][22] Additionally, Cobb said he grew up with musician Butch Walker.[6]

Cobb has talked about the long-term passion that turned into a serious hobby where he explores different types of wine, especially from the Paso Robles, California and other California vineyard areas.[6]

Awards[edit]

Equipment[edit]

  • Console / board: HELIOS by Dick Swettenham (Abbey Road Studios)[6]
  • Recorder: Endless Analog's CLASP (Closed Loop Analog Signal Processor)[24][25]
  • Converters: Burl Audio B80 Mothership and the B32 Vancouver[26]

Selected discography[edit]

Artist Album Label Credit Year
Lori McKenna The Tree CN Records Producer 2018
John Prine The Tree of Forgiveness Oh Boy Records, Nashville Producer 2018
Ashley Monroe Sparrow Warner Bros. Nashville Producer 2018
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit The Nashville Sound Southeastern Producer 2017
Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 1 Mercury Nashville Producer 2017
Zac Brown Band Welcome Home No Reserve / Elektra Producer 2017
The Lone Bellow Walk Into A Storm Descendant Records / Masterworks Producer 2017
Colter Wall Colter Wall YMRC / Thirty Tigers Producer 2017
Judah & The Lion Folk Hop N Roll (Deluxe) CTV / Caroline Producer 2017
Wheeler Walker Jr. 'Ol Wheeler Thirty Tigers Producer 2017
Kris Kristofferson Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story (An Album to Benefit War Child) Looking Out Foundation Producer 2017
Anderson East Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story (An Album to Benefit War Child) Looking Out Foundation Producer 2017
Dolly Parton Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story (An Album to Benefit War Child) Looking Out Foundation Producer 2017
Anderson East "Forever Young" featured in Ram Trucks Television Commercial Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer, Performer 2017
Chris Shiflett West Coast Town Le Coq Napoleon/SideOneDummy Producer 2017
All Them Witches Sleeping Through War New West Producer 2017
Jillette Johnson All I Ever See In You Is Me Rounder Producer 2017
Lori McKenna The Bird and the Rifle CN Records Producer 2016
Brent Cobb Shine On Rainy Day Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
Whiskey Myers Mud Wiggy Thump Producer 2016
Amanda Shires My Piece of Land Lightning Rod Producer 2016
Judah & the Lion Folk Hop N' Roll CTV / Caroline Producer 2016
Bonnie Bishop Ain't Who I Was Thirty Tigers Producer 2016
Brett Dennen Por Favor Elektra Producer 2016
Miranda Lambert Southern Family (Compilation) "Sweet By and Bye" Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
Morgane Stapleton feat. Chris Stapleton Southern Family (Compilation) "You Are My Sunshine" Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
Zac Brown Band Southern Family (Compilation) "Grandma's Garden" Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
Jamey Johnson Southern Family (Compilation) "Momma's Table" Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
Jason Isbell Southern Family (Compilation) "God Is a Working Man" Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
Brandy Clark Southern Family (Compilation) "I Cried" Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
John Paul White Southern Family (Compilation) "Simple Song" Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
Anderson East Southern Family (Compilation) "Learning" Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
Rich Robinson Southern Family (Compilation) "The Way Home" Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
Holly Williams Southern Family (Compilation) "The Way Home" Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
Brent Cobb Southern Family (Compilation) "Down Home" Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
Shooter Jennings Southern Family (Compilation) "Can You Come Over" Low Country Sound / Elektra Producer 2016
Lake Street Dive Side Pony Nonesuch Records Producer 2016
Mary Chapin Carpenter The Things That We Are Made Of Lambent Light Records Producer 2016
Rival Sons Hollow Bones Earache Records Producer 2016
The Sore Losers Skydogs Excelsior Recordings Producer 2016
Holly Williams TBA Georgiana Records Producer 2016
A Thousand Horses Southernality[27] Republic Records Producer 2015
Corb Lund Things That Can't Be Undone New West Records Producer 2015
Kristin Diable Create Your Own Mythology[28] Thirty Tigers/Speakeasy Records Producer 2015
Chris Stapleton Traveller[29] Universal Music Group Nashville Producer 2015
Anderson East Delilah[30] Elektra Records Producer 2015
Chris Isaak First Comes The Night Vanguard Producer 2015
Christian Lopez Band Onward Blaster Producer, Mixer 2015
Houndmouth Little Neon Limelight Rough Trade Records Producer, Mixer 2015
HoneyHoney 3 Concord Records Producer 2015
Finger Eleven Five Crooked Lines Concord Records Producer 2015
Lindi Ortega Faded Gloryville[31] Last Gang Records Producer 2015
Europe War of Kings Hell and Back Records Producer, Mixer 2015
Wheeler Walker Jr. Redneck Shit Pepperhill Music Producer, Mixer 2015
California Breed California Breed Frontiers Records Producer 2014
Rival Sons Great Western Valkyrie Earache Records Producer 2014
Whiskey Myers Early Morning Shakes Wiggy Thump Records Producer, Mixer 2014
Sturgill Simpson High Top Mountain High Top Mountain/ Loose Music Producer 2013
Sturgill Simpson Metamodern Sounds in Country Music High Top Mountain/ Loose Music Producer 2014
Jason Isbell Southeastern (album) Southeastern/ Thirty Tigers Producer 2013
Jason Isbell Something More Than Free Southeastern/ Thirty Tigers Producer 2015
Rival Sons Head Down Earache Records Producer, engineer, writer 2013
Lindi Ortega Tin Star Last Gang Records Producer 2013
Rival Sons Pressure & Time Earache Records Producer, engineer, writer 2011
Jamey Johnson The Guitar Song Mercury Nashville Producer 2010
Jamey Johnson The Lonesome Song Mercury Nashville Producer 2008
Shooter Jennings The Wolf Universal South Producer 2007
Shooter Jennings Electric Rodeo Universal South Producer 2006
Shooter Jennings Put the "O" Back in Country Universal South Producer, engineer, co-writer 2005
Waylon Jennings Waylon Forever Vagrant Records Producer 2008
Rival Sons Before the Fire Earache Records Producer 2009
George Jones SquidbilliesTheme Song Cartoon Network Producer 2011
A Thousand Horses A Thousand Horses EP Interscope Records Producer 2009
The Secret Sisters The Secret Sisters Universal Republic Producer 2010
Brooke White High Hopes & Heartbreak June Baby Records Producer 2009
Michael Johns Hold Back My Heart Downtown Records Producer, co-writer 2009
Nico Vega Nico Vega Myspace Records Producer 2007
Black Robot Black Robot Brightman Music Producer, engineer, co-writer 2007
Chris Cornell Carry On ("Safe and Sound") Interscope Records Producer 2007
The Strays Le Future Noir TVT Producer, co-writer 2006
The Ringers Headlocks and Highkicks Independent Producer, co-writer 2006
Rock N Roll Soldiers So Many Musicians to Kill Atlantic Producer 2005
The Shys Astoria Sire/London/Rhino Producer, co-writer 2005

Chart positions[edit]

Twice in June 2017 Dave Cobb produced albums held 4 of the top 5 Billboard Country albums. The first was the week of June 8th with Chris Stapleton's From A Room: Vol. 1, Zac Brown Band Welcome Home, Chris Stapleton Traveller and Wheeler Walker Jr. 'Ol Wheeler. And again the following week with both Chris Stapleton albums, Zac Brown Band and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.

In August 2015, the Cobb-produced record by Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free, debuted at number 1 on Billboard Magazine's rock, folk and country record charts.[32][33] Although he had had critical success in the Americana genre, this was the first time Isbell received such high ranking across genres.[34][35]

Song/Album Artist Year Chart Position
From A Room: Vol. 1 Chris Stapleton 2017 US Billboard Top Albums (Sales)

US Billboard Top 200

US Billboard Top Country Albums

Canadian Albums (Billboard)

UK Top Albums (OCC)

1

2

1

1

22

The Nashville Sound Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit 2017 US Billboard Top 200

US Billboard Folk Albums

US Billboard Top Rock Albums

US Billboard Top Country Albums

US Billboard Top Independent Albums

4

1

1

1

1

Welcome Home Zac Brown Band 2017 US Billboard Top 200

US Billboard Top Country Albums

Canadian Albums (Billboard)

2

1

2

"Take It All Back" Judah & the Lion 2017 US Billboard Top Alternative Songs

US Rock Airplay

1

4

Ol' Wheeler Wheeler Walker Jr. 2017 US Billboard Top Country Albums

US Billboard Top Comedy Albums

US Billboard Top Independent Albums

10

1

5

Something More Than Free Jason Isbell 2015 US Billboard Top Rock Albums[36]
US Billboard Top Folk Albums[37]
US Billboard Top Country Albums[38]
1
1
1
Traveller Chris Stapleton 2015 US Billboard Top Country Albums[39] 1
"Smoke" A Thousand Horses 2015 US Billboard Hot Country Songs[40]
US Billboard Top Country Airplay[41]
5
1
Early Morning Shakes Whiskey Myers 2014 US Billboard Top Country Albums[42] 10
Carry On Chris Cornell 2007 US Billboard Top Rock Albums[43] 6
Put the "O" Back in Country Shooter Jennings 2005 US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[44] 1

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