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.”
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