Grammy-award winning producer Dave Cobb is giving music lovers a chance to hear his upcoming compilation album, Southern Family, a week before it hits stores.
The highly-anticipated project features tracks from the best and brightest country and Americana stars, including Jason Isbell, Morgane and Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Anderson East, Brandy Clark, Jamey Johnson and Shooter Jennings.
Inspired by Paul Kennerley’s 1978 concept record White Mansions, Cobb set out to recruit some of the most underrated musicians in Nashville to track songs that described their upbringings. During the two years that it took for the album to come together, contributors Isbell and Stapleton began to break into the mainstream. Although his original concept “didn’t really work out,” he succeeds in creating a compilation of incredible music that immediately connects with the listener.
From Zac Brown’s “Grandma’s Garden” to Lambert’s “Sweet By and By,” each track tells a beautiful, reflective story that also showcases the character and influence of southern culture. It’s a musical triumph that few others would be able to curate as wisely or with as much heart as Cobb.
Click below to listen to Dave Cobb’s Southern Family via NPR Music.