Dave Cobb, 'Southern Family'
After Chris Stapleton's Traveller galvanized the Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards alike, suddenly its producer was the most wanted man in Nashville. Riding a crest of newfound (and deserved) acclaim, Cobb conceived and produced this compilation, which unites several of the artists with whom he's worked his magic. The roster is star-studded, from Jason Isbell and Miranda Lambert to Zac Brown and Chris and Morgane Stapleton, but the songs are homespun odes to relationships. Brandy Clark's sophisticated "I Cried," in particular, is a sucker punch to the gut, and the Stapletons recast "You Are My Sunshine" with high-lonesome devotion. Southern Family is a crowning achievement for Cobb in a year already full of them.