Berklee Steps Up Its Nashville Game, Honoring Dave Cobb and Rosanne Cash

Stephen Webber and Dave Cobb
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Berklee's Stephen Webber and producer Dave Cobb are seen at Warner Music Nashville on March 19, 2018 in Nashville, Tenn. 

The Boston-based Berklee College of Music is enhancing its relationship with Nashville's music community this week, presenting producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell) an award and announcing Americana act Rosanne Cash as a recipient of an honorary degree.

Cobb received the college's American Master Award on March 19 during Berklee's 33rd annual spring break student trip to Nashville. The award comes just days after The Oak Ridge Boys released a Cobb-produced project, 17th Avenue Revival, and puts Cobb on a list of former Master winners that includes Curb/Word CEO of recorded music and publishing Jim Ed Norman, drummer Eddie Bayers and producer T Bone Burnett.

Cash will join producer-guitarist Nile Rodgers and jazz artist Esperanza Spalding as honorary recipients of doctor of music degrees during Berklee commencement exercises on May 12. Previous country, bluegrass and Americana artists to receive honorary doctorates from the school include Loretta Lynn, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Earl Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs.

Charlie Worsham, David Rawlings, Gillian Welch and Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines were all Berklee students before their careers connected them to Nashville.


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