February 25, 2009
Last week, I berated producers that I could count on to produce bland, generic albums that I inevitably would not enjoy. As promised, I’ll be more positive this week.
As previously noted, producers play a very integral part in the outcome of the albums that we hear. Good producers will put aside their egos and create music that compliments their artists’ strengths.
I’ve noticed that much of the work from producers that I like tend to be the result of producer/artist pairings. For example, as discussed in the comment thread of last week’s discussion, I’m not always crazy about Tony Brown’s production choices. However, he helped to create the bulk of the music of my favorite artist, Vince Gill. In fact, he’s the one who saved Gill’s career from being destined to obscurity. Interestingly though, Brown took over Vince’s career from Emory Gordy Jr., who admittedly did not do his best work with Gill. Gordy, however, went on to create some wonderful music with Patty Loveless.
To go even a step further, I specifically mentioned that I did not like Dann Huff as a producer in my discussion last week. Our Dan Milliken, however, noted that he thought that Huff has done good work with Keith Urban, which is a point with which I actually cannot disagree.
So, it seems that many of my favorite producers have come from famous producer/artist pairings. Some people just click. Therefore, all of this leads to:
Who are your favorite producer/artist duos?
If you’re looking for a bigger challenge, tell us who your favorite producer in general happens to be.
Some of my favorite producer/artist collaborators include, but are not limited to:
- Vince Gill & Tony Brown
- The Judds & Brent Maher
- Randy Travis & Kyle Lehning
- Dwight Yoakam & Pete Anderson
- Patty Loveless & Emory Gordy Jr.
- Trisha Yearwood & Garth Fundis