Celebrated record producer Dave Cobb has recruited some of country music’s best artists for his upcoming concept album.
The Southern Family will feature musical contributions from Chris and Morgane Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert, Holly Williams, Jamey Johnson, Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, Zac Brown, Shooter Jennings, Brandy Clark, John Paul White formerly of The Civil Wars, Brent Cobb and Anderson East.
According to NPR Music, Cobb was inspired by the 1978 Civil War-inspired concept album White Mansions, which featured cuts from notable artists including Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. The acclaimed producer says he hopes to create an “authentic” collection of music which is inspired by each individual artist’s experience growing up in the South.
Over the past two years, Cobb has been celebrated for his work on some of Americana’s biggest albums. He’s best known for his recent production work on Jason Isbell’s Southeastern and Something More Than Free, Sturgill Simpson‘s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, and Chris Stapleton’s Traveller.
In his interview with NPR Music, Cobb speaks to his interest in collecting these tracks for the record, also saying, “I wanted to get these kind of stories that maybe people would write about their families that maybe they wouldn’t put on their own records. Maybe it’s a little too deep. Maybe it’s just a portrait of where they are, of how they grew up.”
Although no official release date has been given, The Southern Family is expected to be released on Elektra Records sometime in March 2016.