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Producer Cobb creates "Southern Family"

Friday, December 18, 2015 – Dave Cobb, the man behind the controls for Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, is putting together a southern-themed compilation featuring the likes of Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark and Stapleton.

"Southern Family" will be out March 18 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records and is now available for pre-order. Each album pre-order comes with an immediate download of the lead track, John Paul White's "Simple Song." White was one-half of The Civil Wars.

Recorded in Nashville throughout this fall, the album features 10 original songs and 2 covers including Morgane Stapleton with her husband on "You Are My Sunshine."

Comprised of songs rooted in country, blues, folk and rock, the record is inspired by the Civil War concept album "White Mansions," written by British performer Paul Kennerley, produced by Glyn Johns and featuring Waylon Jennings and Eric Clapton.

"Somebody said, 'You should make a concept record,' and I kind of giggled about it for a second," Cobb said. "But, then I thought, man, wouldn't it be amazing to have all my friends on one record and really find a common thread?"

"Southern Family, about their mothers, grandparents, kids, siblings, these detailed stories about how they grew up and their families and the things that make them who they are."

"This really encapsulates Nashville right now. There's something to it. There's something in the air. There's a lot of great things about Nashville. There's something here that doesn't exist anywhere else in my lifetime. I'm sure this happened in London in the '60s and California in the '70s and maybe New York in the late '50s or early '60s. But I think, right now, Nashville is the home of music."

White said, "When Dave approached me about the project, I had a pretty large 'Keep Out' sign in my yard. He was in the Shoals working on Anderson East's record, and came by to say hi. We'd never formally met. I told him I was a fan of his at the Americanas earlier, but that was the extent of our conversations. He eloquently laid out his master plan and sucked me right in. I was immediately intrigued by the framework, but was ultimately sold on it by his passion. I could tell that this album really meant something to him, and that meant something to me. I'm happy to say that it's been a pleasure creating alongside Dave. I'm incredibly flattered and thankful to be involved with a project this unique, and with the caliber of musicians and artists that Dave has brought to the table."

Based in Nashville, Cobb has produced records for some of the most influential artists over the last few years, including critically acclaimed releases from Stapleton, Isbell, Johnson, Jennings, Sturgill Simpson, Lindi Ortega and Waylon Jennings. Cobb was nominated for Producer of the Year at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Album of the Year (Stapleton's "Traveller"), Best Country Album ("Traveller") and Best Americana Album (Isbell's "Something More Than Free"). Previous awards include the 2015 CMA Award for Album of the Year ("Traveller") and the 2014 Americana Music Award for Album of the Year (Isbell's "Southeastern").

The track listing is:
1. John Paul White "Simple Song"
2. Jason Isbell "God Is A Working Man"
3. Brent Cobb "Down Home"
4. Miranda Lambert "Sweet By and By"
5. Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton "You Are My Sunshine"
6. Zac Brown "Grandma's Garden"
7. Jamey Johnson "Momma's Table"
8. Anderson East "Learning"
9. Holly Williams "Settle Down"
10. Brandy Clark "I Cried"
11. Shooter Jennings "Can You Come Over"?
12. Rich Robinson (featuring The Settles Connection) "The Way Home"

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