Jason Isbell Keeps On Truckin’

“A record is what it is. You can’t make it sound like something else, or fabricate it, or think it’s gonna wind up being exactly like the thing you originally thought it would be. It just happens, and this record came out naturally, the way it had to be.” Dave Cobb is sitting in the control room of his small home studio, where he produced Southeastern earlier this year. It wasn’t a leisurely process. Hell-bent on finishing the record before his wedding, Isbell had come to Cobb at the last minute, looking for a replacement after the album’s original producer, Ryan Adams, backed out. “Things with Ryan fell apart at the 11th hour,” Cobb explains, “so they called me instead. We were working out the budget for the record, and I told them, “I don’t care; I’ll do it for fucking free.” In my opinion, he’s the best singer-songwriter going right now, and I felt like it was important to make a record that really showed that off. There’s nothing clouding him on these songs. There’s no big production, no walls of guitars, no symphony. It’s just him, and everything else kinda sits around him.” That’s true, but Southeastern isn’t…

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