Producer John Custer
John Custer is a Grammy-nominated, Gold Record producer who recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Carolina Music Awards.
He also produced “Peace Pipe” by Cry of Love that went to #1 on Billboard Rock Tracks chart, which earned Custer a 3M Visionary Award. The track was the most played, most requested song in the nation.
“Peace Pipe” was also named one of the top 50 AOR tracks of all time by Billboard Magazine.
He produced the heavy classic “Blind” with COC.
Blind was inducted into Decibel Magazine’s Hall of Fame as a classic album and MSN’s Ed Rivadavia, of AllMusic wrote, “The album’s fiercest moment, “Vote With a Bullet” is a sonic precedent…Years ahead of its time, BLIND is simply one of the most important heavy rock albums of the decade.”
Another band that Custer has been producing for the last seven years, jam band BIG SOMETHING has signed with Widespread Panic manager Buck Williams.
Custer’s funk project, DAG’s first album, “Righteous” was hailed by Quincy Jones’ VIBE magazine as “…one of the best funk records since 1978. DAG’s debut, “Righteous” is definitely some of the most ass-grinding grooves you’ve heard since back in the day.”
Custer wrote and produced songs in four major motion pictures.
As a session guitarist, he’s played on countless national ads for the likes of Ford, Jovan, Mazda and VH1.
He produced COC’s “Drowning in a Daydream” which earned a Grammy nomination.
3Dot Magazine’s cover story on Custer named him “The Indestructible Godfather of NC Music Industry” and Nick McDaniels, of BIG Something, said, “Working with Custer is like getting schooled by a rock and roll Jedi.”
He has recorded studio collaborations with James Hetfield of Metallica, Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers, legendary Muscle Shoals Swampers drummer Roger Hawkins, Sass Jordan and Lamb of God vocalist, Randy Blythe.
He’s recorded in many of the legendary studios in the U.S., including Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios in New York, Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles, Muscle Shoals Sound, Criteria Studios in Miami, Daniel Lanois’ Kingsway Studios in New Orleans, and many more.
Custer’s Gold Record distinction is COC’s “Deliverance” which went gold recently and was named by Rolling Stone magazine as “One of the Best Albums From Rock’s Greatest Year.”
In Custer’s Carolina Music Awards acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award, he said, “All of us have heard the same things, like ‘get a real job’…and look at how many people in the room defy those statements.