Dave Cobb (born July 9, 1974) is a six-time Grammy Award-winning American record producer, songwriter and music executive who is based in Nashville, Tennessee, best known for producing the work of The Highwomen, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile and John Prine.
|Born||July 9, 1974|
Savannah, Georgia U.S.
Cobb said his family was very religious and was active in the Pentecostal faith (his maternal grandmother was a minister). Cobb started out playing drums and taking guitar lessons at church when he was four years old.
When Cobb was first starting in music, he worked as a session player in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 City.
Cobb played guitar and bass and was in this band for seven years. He was involved in the recording process, which got him interested in being in the studio, and led to him recording and producing other bands he was friends with. The record contract was very restrictive and took a long time to get out of.
From when he was 27 years old, Cobb lived in Los Angeles, California where he moved after he left his band. He lived there from 2004 to 2011, eventually deciding to move to Nashville, Tennessee in 2011.
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. In 2005, Cobb and Jennings made the record Put the "O" Back in Country, together as their first collaborative work.
In 2009, from his professional connection to Jennings, Cobb produced the Oak Ridge Boys’ record The Boys Are Back, encouraging the band to record outside their standard catalog. The group then went on to cover songs by The White Stripes, Neil Young and John Lee Hooker.
Cobb and Sturgill Simpson originally first met at a Billy Joe Shaver concert. They then went on to complete Sturgill’s record Metamodern Sounds in Country Music in only four days. Cobb has said he used many different vintage recording techniques, avoiding any electronic recording approaches for this particular album.
Cobb’s approach of studio recording for 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 a non-traditional recording environment was captured to provide an organic, live and “warm” sound.
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. The video for "Find 'Em" is shot at FAME.
Cobb’s professional career is managed by Brightman Music. Cobb also runs Low Country Sound an imprint of Elektra that has a distribution deal with Atlantic Records. The debut project for Low Country Sound was the 2015 record Delilah, by Anderson East, who is currently signed with the label.
In 2016, Cobb produced and curated the collaborative album Southern Family. Cobb has said he 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 officially released on March 18, 2016.
In July 2016, Cobb took a long term residency of RCA Studio A on Nashville's Music Row. The studio is adjacent to the famed 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, as does The Oak Ridge Boys' 2018 release, 17th Avenue Revival, referring to the studio's location on 17th Avenue in Nashville.
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. 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. Current influences include Gabriel Roth (Daptone Records).
Cobb also is known to not have a preference over analog recordings versus digital, instead believing the spontaneous nature of creativity as well as the inspiration derived from new discovery, predominantly drives the organic quality of a song.
- 2011: Grammy Award for Best Country Album (nominee) for Jamey Johnson's The Guitar Song
- 2014: Americana Music Association, Album of the Year for Jason Isbell's Southeastern
- 2014: Americana Music Association, Producer of the Year
- 2014: Grammy Award for Best Americana Album (nominee) for Sturgill Simpson's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
- 2015: Grammy Award for Producer of the Year (nominee)
- 2015: Grammy Award for Best Country Album for Chris Stapleton's Traveller – as producer
- 2015: Grammy Award for Best Americana Album for Jason Isbell's Something More Than Free – as producer
- 2016: Americana Music Association, Album of the Year, Jason Isbell's Something More Than Free
- 2016: Americana Music Association, Producer of the Year
- 2016: Music Row awards, Producer of the Year
- 2017: Country Music Awards, Chris Stapleton's From A Room: Volume 1
- 2017: Country Music Awards, Producer of the Year
- 2018: Grammy Award for Best Americana Album (nominee) for Brent Cobb Shine On Rainy Day
- 2018: Grammy Award for Best Americana Album for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's The Nashville Sound – as producer
- 2018: Grammy Award for Best Country Album for Chris Stapleton's From A Room: Vol. 1 – as producer
- 2019: Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song for Brandi Carlile's "The Joke" – as co-writer, producer
- 2019: Grammy Award for Best Americana Album for Brandi Carlile's By the Way, I Forgive You – as producer
|Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit||Live From the Ryman||Thirty Tigers||Mixer||2019|
|Rival Sons||Feral Roots
“Do Your Worst”
|Brandi Carlile and Sam Smith||“Party of One” Single||Producer||2019|
|Lady Gaga||A Star Is Born Soundtrack
“Always Remember Us This Way”
|Interscope Records||Producer & Music Consultant||2018|
|Marcus King Band||Carolina Confessions||Producer||2018|
|Elle King||Shake the Spirit
“Ram Jam” and “Told You So”
|Brandi Carlile||By the Way, I Forgive You||Low Country Sound/Elektra||Producer||2018|
|The Oak Ridge Boys||17th Avenue Revival||Lightning Rod Records||Producer||2018|
|Lori McKenna||The Tree||CN Records||Producer||2018|
|John Prine||The Tree of Forgiveness||Oh Boy Records, Nashville||Producer||2018|
|The Revivalists||Take Good Care||Producer||2018|
|Amanda Shires||To The Sunset||Producer||2018|
|Colter Wall||Songs of the Plains||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|
|Europe||Walk the Earth||Hell and Back Records||Producer, co-writer||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||CTV/Caroline||Producer||2017|
|Wheeler Walker Jr.||Ol' Wheeler||Thirty Tigers||Producer||2017|
|Various artists: Anderson East, Dolly Parton, 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||"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 Records||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 Records||Producer||2016|
|Various artists: Anderson East, Brandy Clark, Brent Cobb, Holly Williams, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, John Paul White, Miranda Lambert, Morgane Stapleton feat. Chris Stapleton, Rich Robinson, Shooter Jennings, Zac Brown Band||Southern Family (compilation)||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||Republic Records||Producer||2015|
|Corb Lund||Things That Can't Be Undone||New West Records||Producer||2015|
|Kristin Diable||Create Your Own Mythology||Thirty Tigers/Speakeasy Records||Producer||2015|
|Chris Stapleton||Traveller||Universal Music Group Nashville||Producer||2015|
|Anderson East||Delilah||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|
|Finger Eleven||Five Crooked Lines||Concord Records||Producer||2015|
|Lindi Ortega||Faded Gloryville||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|
|Eliot Bronson||Eliot Bronson||Saturn 5 Records||Producer||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|
|The Wans||He Said, She Said (album)||Independent]]||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||Squidbillies – Theme 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|
Twice in June 2017 Dave Cobb produced albums held 4 of the top 5 Billboard Country albums. The first was the week of June 8 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. Although he had had critical success in the Americana genre, this was the first time Isbell received such high ranking across genres.
|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)
|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
|Welcome Home||Zac Brown Band||2017||US Billboard Top 200
US Billboard Top Country Albums
Canadian Albums (Billboard)
|"Take It All Back"||Judah & the Lion||2017||US Billboard Top Alternative Songs
US Rock Airplay
|Ol' Wheeler||Wheeler Walker Jr.||2017||US Billboard Top Country Albums
US Billboard Top Comedy Albums
US Billboard Top Independent Albums
|Something More Than Free||Jason Isbell||2015||US Billboard Top Rock Albums
US Billboard Top Folk Albums
US Billboard Top Country Albums
|Traveller||Chris Stapleton||2015||US Billboard Top Country Albums||1|
|"Smoke"||A Thousand Horses||2015||US Billboard Hot Country Songs
US Billboard Top Country Airplay
|Early Morning Shakes||Whiskey Myers||2014||US Billboard Top Country Albums||10|
|Carry On||Chris Cornell||2007||US Billboard Top Rock Albums||6|
|Put the "O" Back in Country||Shooter Jennings||2005||US Billboard Heatseekers Albums||1|
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