“Sweetheart” Chris Stapleton and “Great” Dave Cobb Share Their First Impressions

“Sweetheart” Chris Stapleton and “Great” Dave Cobb Share Their First Impressions

With his cache of Grammys, CMA Awards and ACM Awards, singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton has pretty much had the best year EVER, which has also helped solidify Dave Cobb, the co-producer of Traveller, as one of the most sought-after producers in the land. In this installment of “He Said, He Said,” Chris and Dave share their first impressions of each other.

Chris: “Dave and I share a lot of common influences—things that we love. We’re both guitar nuts and gear freaks in general. We love vintage things and antiquities. We have a lot of common ground in that way. He brings a little more rock and roll to the table than I do, I’m sure, but we both have these similar musical commonalities. There’s something unspoken. He almost knows what I want before I tell him what I want and vice versa. Working with Dave was one of the best collaborative efforts I’ve ever had. He’s a great guitar player, a great musician, a great engineer. He has all the necessary skills to communicate to whoever is involved to achieve whatever you need sonically or emotionally.”

Dave: “I was scared of Chris before I met him. I think he has a real Ronnie Van Zant thing. He was kind of mysterious. I got a call that he wanted to get together and record a little bit, and I was super nervous about it. I actually almost said no, because I didn’t think it would go very well. He came over and we did a couple of songs, and I thought I failed miserably because I was definitely nervous, but then we got to talking and he’s just like me. He’s addicted to guitars and cars, so we had a common place to launch off from, and then I got the call back to make [Traveller]. Chris is mysterious, for sure, but he’s also one of the best-hearted, humble human beings I know. For the talent level he has, he’s just a sweetheart.”

photo courtesy of Brightman Music

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