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Dave Cobb
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Is Songwriter Record producer Audio engineer
From United States of America
Type Business Music
Gender male
Birth 9 July 1974, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, U.S.A.
Age 46 years
Star sign Cancer
Peoplepill ID dave-cobb
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Biography

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.

Early life

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.

Career

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.

Artistic approach

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).

Personal life

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.

Awards

  • 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

Equipment

  • 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

Selected discography

Artist Album Label Credit Year
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
HoneyHoney 3 Concord Records Producer 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

Chart positions

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.

Song/Album Artist Year Chart Position
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
5
1
Something More Than Free Jason Isbell 2015 US Billboard Top Rock Albums
US Billboard Top Folk Albums
US Billboard Top Country Albums
1
1
1

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