“Grandma’s Garden,” the new song from GRAMMY Award-winning artist Zac Brown, is premiering today and can now be streamed here and purchased at iTunes.
“Grandma’s Garden” is the latest track unveiled from Southern Family—a new compilation produced and conceived by two-time Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb—which will be released March 18 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records and is now available for pre-order. Each pre-order comes with an immediate download of “Grandma’s Garden” as well as Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton’s “You Are My Sunshine” Anderson East’s “Learning,” Miranda Lambert’s “Sweet By and By” and John Paul White’s “Simple Song.”
Brown is the front man of the multi-platinum, three-time GRAMMY Award-winning group Zac Brown Band. Since 2009, the band has sold over eight million records and produced a historic series of fourteen #1 hit singles while developing a reputation with critics and fans alike for a live show marked by strong musicianship and subtle arrangements that defy genre boundaries. Pulling collaborative ideas from his personal musical inspirations, Brown has created stunning performances for the band with James Taylor, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Buffett, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Grohl, Chris Cornell and Bruce Springsteen, among others.
In addition to Brown, the Stapletons, East, Lambert and White, Southern Family features an all-star line up of artists including Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Holly Williams, Brent Cobb, Brandy Clark, Shooter Jennings and Rich Robinson.
Comprised of songs rooted in country, blues, folk and rock, the record is inspired by the Civil War concept album White Mansions, written by British performer Paul Kennerley, produced by Glyn Johns and featuring musicians like Waylon Jennings and Eric Clapton.
Of his vision behind the project, Cobb comments, “Somebody said, ‘You should make a concept record,’ and I kind of giggled about it for a second. But, then I thought, man, wouldn’t it be amazing to have all my friends on one record and really find a common thread? Southern Family, about their mothers, grandparents, kids, siblings, these detailed stories about how they grew up and their families and the things that make them who they are.” He adds, “This really encapsulates Nashville right now. There’s something to it. There’s something in the air. There’s a lot of great things about Nashville. There’s something here that doesn’t exist anywhere else in my lifetime. I’m sure this happened in London in the ‘60s and California in the ‘70s and maybe New York in the late ’50s or early ‘60s. But I think, right now, Nashville is the home of music.”
Cobb was recently recognized with two awards at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards—Best Country Album (Stapleton’s Traveller) and Best Americana Album (Isbell’s Something More Than Free). Previous awards include the 2015 CMA Award for Album of the Year (Stapleton’s Traveller) and the 2014 Americana Music Award for Album of the Year (Isbell’sSoutheastern) as well as previous Grammy nominations in 2011 and 2007 for Best Country Album (Johnson’s The Guitar Song and That Lonesome Song).
Born in Savannah, GA and based in Nashville, Cobb has produced records for some of the most influential artists over the last few years, including critically acclaimed releases from Stapleton, Isbell, Anderson East, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, Lindi Ortega, Shooter Jennings, Waylon Jennings, A Thousand Horses, Houndmouth HoneyHoney and Lake Street Dive. Forthcoming projects include new albums from Mary Chapin Carpenter, Brett Dennen, Whiskey Myers, Brent Cobb, Lori McKenna, Amanda Shires, Bonnie Bishop and Rival Sons.
SOUTHERN FAMILY TRACK LIST
1. John Paul White “Simple Song”
2. Jason Isbell “God Is A Working Man”
3. Brent Cobb “Down Home”
4. Miranda Lambert “Sweet By and By”
5. Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton “You Are My Sunshine”
6. Zac Brown “Grandma’s Garden”
7. Jamey Johnson “Mama’s Table”
8. Anderson East “Learning”
9. Holly Williams “Settle Down”
10. Brandy Clark “I Cried”
11. Shooter Jennings “Can You Come Over?”
12. Rich Robinson (featuring The Settles Connection) “The Way Home”