Listen to country and Americana music from various artists on a new concept album Southern Family produced by Dave Cobb from Nashville. who recently also did the award-winning albums Traveller by Chris Stapleton and Something More Than Free by Jason Isbell.
It includes Simple Song by John Paul White as the first track, as well as songs by Morgane & Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Holly Williams, Brandy Clark, Shooter Jennings, and more. Rolling Stone recently named it one of the 25 best country and americana albums in 2016 so far.
Here is how he described the album in an interview article with Rolling Stone:
A friend and I were talking and he said, ‘You should make a concept record.’ I laughed him off the phone. . . But the more I thought about it. . .it came to me: Southern Family, because everybody has a great story, about their parents, their grandparents, brother, sister. Everybody has an intimate story and it was something that everybody could relate to. I wanted to have really talented artists custom write and do songs that mean a lot to them, and also just make the song that maybe they wouldn’t put on their record: the deep song, or the song that doesn’t fit in the queue or wouldn’t be a single. I wanted them to do the most honest song they could possibly do.
And people really brought it and poured their hearts out. They were enjoying the fact that they could do a song that wasn’t precious or didn’t have to fit a mold. It was a song they wouldn’t put on their album, and it’s been a lot of fun.
The concept is Southern family. It’s everybody writing personal songs about their family growing up in the south. And the second bigger concept is taking all these talented artists and putting them all together. ,,, It’s strength in numbers of having so many gifted, talented artists together, unify, and make one record for the right reason.
Southern Family by various artists (2016) – 12 songs, 51 min
Here are a few videos.
Simple Song by John Paul White on Southern Family (2016) – 3 min 55 sec
Settle Down by Holly Williams on Southern Family (2016) – 2 min 24 sec
Down Home by Brent Cobb on Southern Family (2016) – 3 min 30 sec
Learning by Anderson East on Southern Family (2016) – 4 min 49 sec
Album Trailer for Southern Family (2016) – 1 min 5 sec
Sweet By and By [Making of the Song] by Miranda Lambert on Southern Family (2016) – 1 min 24 sec
You Are My Sunshine [Making of the Song] by Morgane & Chris Stapleton on Southern Family (2016) – 1 min 35 sec
Photo credit: Southern Family @ Amazon (album cover).