While there is a disconnect between traditional country and pop country fans, one thing has become apparent over the last few years, producer Dave Cobb has his fingers on the pulse of what is actually cool and honest when it comes to real country music.
By now you should all know Cobb’s legacy as he has produced CMA/AMA/Grammy legend-in-the-making Chris Stapleton, Americana hero Jason Isbell, the soulful Sturgill Simpson, indie chanteuse Lindi Ortega, the Everly Brothers-inspired Secret Sisters and modern traditionalist Shooter Jennings (among many others). He recently brought together some of country’s hottest artists together for the country compilation Southern Family. It’s a remarkable collaboration that shows the good in country music, and it’s one of the best albums of 2016 so far.
Southern Family features songs by some of popular country music’s most respected artists Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown and Brandy Clark. These songs may or may not hit radio, but show what can be if Music Row steps off the tailgate and gets back to its roots.
What truly stands out on Southern Family are songs by Isbell, “God is a Working Man,” Jamey Johnson’s “Mama’s Table,” Holly Williams’ “Settle Down” cousin Brent Cobb’s “Down Home” and one of the buzziest songs at the moment, Chris and Morgane Stapleton’s sublime version of “You Are My Sunshine.”
The music on Southern Family is true to the heart and on point for country fans who expect a bit more than the status quo. As a producer Dave Cobb has more than proven to be on the forefront of country music’s future and Southern Family could be one of the most important albums released in years. On this album Cobb has taken the best of the best when it comes to modern country music and provided an outlet for the finest artists in the genre to push the boundaries, while celebrating all that is wonderful about the genre we all love.
Author: Scott Colvin
Scott has 20+ years experience as a writer/editor and is #CMchat’s Executive Editor. He’s a rabid music fan and a sports junkie. If there’s a cat in the room, he’ll pet it. If there’s a beer in the room, he’ll drink it.