Among topics covered, Cobb reminisces about co-producing Chris Stapleton's Traveller, which won multiple honors at the Country Music Assn. Awards in November (when Stapleton performed with Justin Timberlake), sparking the album's unprecedented re-entry at No. 1 on the Billboard 200; it has sold 1.4 million copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen Music. "We had a blast making that album," Cobb says. "It defied everything you're supposed to do when making an album; we'd order lunch, goof off, drink a little bit, tell jokes, order dinner, go guitar shopping … and we didn't start recording 'til 8 or 9 at night. It was like [we] were 15, playing hooky."
Cobb also reveals that Stapleton is working on his next album, with Cobb again set to co-produce.
Cobb also discusses having produced numerous other albums, including Mary Chapin Carpenter's new release, The Things That We Are Made Of, while Hilly relates the many ways that the Americana Music Assn. serves as an ambassador for the genre. As Hilly sums up, Americana is music, for the most part, "from Appalachia to New Orleans, by way of Nashville." Says Cobb, "Americana represents honesty. [Artists are] pouring their heart out on record. It's a beautiful safe haven of a format."
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