Dave Cobb (born July 9, 1974) is a Grammy award–winning record producer who is based out of Nashville, Tennessee, most well known for producing the work of Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell.
Cobb was born in Savannah, Georgia 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, were 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 out in music, he worked as a session player in Atlanta. 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. 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. 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, where he went after moving on from the band. He lived there from 2004 to 2011, eventually moving to Nashville 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 collaboration.
In 2009, from his connection to Jennings, Cobb produced Oak Ridge Boys' record, The Boys Are Back, encouraging the band to record outside their catalog. They covered songs by The White Stripes, Neil Young, John Lee Hooker.
Cobb and Sturgill Simpson first met at a Billy Joe Shaver concert. They completed the record Metamodern Sounds in Country Music in four days. Cobb says he used many vintage recording techniques, avoiding the electronic approach.
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.
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.
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.
His current projects include albums for Corb Lund and Lake Street Dive, which he produced. He has also recently completed an album for A Thousand Horses; the single Smoke from that album reached the top 10 on Billboard's country Radio Chart. Cobb has also worked on albums for Sturgill Simpson, Anderson East, HoneyHoney, Kristin Diable and Chris Stapleton. He also worked with Dara Sisterhen to produce her 2014 EP and had also worked earlier with The Secret Sisters and Lindi Ortega.
Cobb produced Jason Isbell's Something More Than Free, and is producing Isbell's next record, as well as Sturgill Simpson's.
Cobb is managed by Brightman Music. He has a record label imprint called Low Country Sounds that has a deal with Atlantic Records. The debut project for Low Country Sounds is the 2015 record, Delilah, by Anderson East, who signed with the label.
In 2016, Cobb curated the collection, Southern Family, inspired by the album White Mansions, that will be released on his Low Country Sound licensing imprint via Elektra Records. The record, characterized as a concept album, is focused on themes centered on family and the artist's experiences growing up in the South contains new song contributions by Zac Brown, Anderson East, Jason Isbell, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Morgane and Chris Stapleton among others, release date of March 18.
Cobb 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 lives in the Green Hills neighborhood of West Nashville, Tennessee, where he has a recording studio called Low Country Sounds. He is married. He and his wife, who is from Albania, have a daughter named Emma Jo Cobb.
One of Cobb's paternal cousins from Georgia is the singer-songwriter Brent Cobb. Additionally, Cobb said he grew up with musician Butch Walker.
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.
- 2011: Grammy awards nominee, Jamey Johnson's The Guitar Song for Best Country Album
- 2014: Americana Music Association for Album of the Year, Jason Isbell's Southeastern
- 2014: Americana Music Association for Producer of the Year
- 2014: Grammy awards nominee, Sturgill Simpson's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music for Americana Album of the Year
- 2015: Grammy awards nominee for Producer of the Year
- 2015: Grammy awards WINNER, Chris Stapleton's Traveller for Best Country Album
- 2015: Grammy awards WINNER, Jason Isbell's Something More Than Free for Best Americana Album
- Mansfield, Brian (September 18, 2014). "Jason Isbell dominates Americana Music Awards". USA Today. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
- Console / board: HELIOS by Dick Swettenham (Abbey Road Studios)
- Mixer: Endless Analog's CLASP (Closed Loop Analog Signal Processor)
- Mix Bus: Burl Audio B80 Mothership and the B32 Vancouver
- "Dave Cobb mixing with Endless Analog CLASP". Endless Analog. February 28, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
- "Dave Cobb Chooses CLASP for Secret Sisters". Clyne Media. November 5, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
- "Burl TV Episode 2: Dave Cobb using the B80 Mothership / B32 Vancouver.". Burl Video Productions. October 10, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
|Lori McKenna||The Bird and the Rifle||CN Records||Producer||2016|
|Bonnie Bishop||Ain't Who I Was||Thirty Tigers||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|
|Judah & the Lion||Folk Hop N' Roll||Independent||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|
|Christian Lopez Band||Onward||Blaster||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|
|Ben Hoffman||Forthcoming||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 Records||Producer||2013|
|Jason Isbell||Southeastern||Thirty Tigers||Producer||2013|
|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||H||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||RNRS Records||Producer||2005|
|The Shys||Astoria||Sire/London/Rhino||Producer, co-writer||2005|
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.
|Put the "O" Back in Country||Shooter Jennings||2005||US Billboard Heatseekers Albums||1|
|Carry On||Chris Cornell||2007||US Billboard Top Rock Albums||6|
|Early Morning Shakes||Whiskey Myers||2014||US Billboard Top Country Albums||10|
|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
|Something More Than Free||Jason Isbell||2015||US Billboard Top Rock Albums |
US Billboard Top Folk Albums
US Billboard Top Country Albums