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Music Aficionado: How Dave Cobb Became The World’s Hottest Producer

Dave Cobb‘s status as the recording industry’s best-kept-secret changed bit the dust at this year’s Grammy Awards when Chris Stapleton’s million-selling Traveller, which he produced, took home a host of prizes, including the coveted Album of the Year photograph statuette as well as one for Best Country Album.

At the same ceremony, Cobb’s second collaboration with former Drive-By Truckers member Jason Isbell resulted in a Best Americana Album Grammy for the album Something More Than Free. Not a bad night’s haul for the 41-year-old Nashville-based record maker, who recently moved his operation from his home recording facility to some more illustrious Music City digs, the famed RCA Studio A, where he will serve a producer-in-residence.

The awards and accolades crescendo a five-year flurry of activity, during which time the Savannah, Georgia, native has bucked the de rigueur pop-country trend for slick sounds and grooves with vibey, naturalistic and embellishment-free recordings by Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson, and Jamey Johnson, among others. “I just try to make honest records,” Cobb says during an interview with Music Aficionado. “If it isn’t in the singer or the song, you can throw the kitchen sink at it and it still won’t work.”

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