Jason Isbell talks Trump on the Daily Show – Watch

Well you can’t actually watch him talking Trump, but you can see him play “If We Were Vampires”. RS Country report: “After paying a visit to a former Comedy Central titan on Monday night, Jason Isbell was back in the spotlight with one of the network’s current stars on Wednesday, June 21st. The singer-songwriter’s appearance on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah included not only a performance of a song from his new album The Nashville Sound but also an interview with the show’s host. Continue reading “Jason Isbell talks Trump on the Daily Show – Watch”

Jason Isbell & 400 Unit perform on Colbert – watch

He is all over the shows at the moment (note the plural)  Consequence of Sound reports: “Jason Isbell’s new album with his band The 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound, doesn’t sound like what most people think of when they consider a country record. The single “Hope the High Road”, for example, includes the lines, “I’ve heard enough of the white man’s blues/ I’ve sang enough about myself… Last year was a son of a bitch/ For nearly everyone we know/ But I ain’t fighting with you down in a ditch/ I’ll meet you up here on the road.”  Continue reading “Jason Isbell & 400 Unit perform on Colbert – watch”

RS Country publishes track by track guide to new Jason Isbell

Only one day to wait now for the new Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit album and in order to whet your appetite RS Country have published an extensive track by track guide to it with clips thrown in for the songs we know already: “It’s been five years since Jason Isbell left Alabama and moved to Nashville, still reeling from the wilder, wetter days that had nearly derailed his solo career. Clean and clear-eyed for the first time in years, he moved into a townhouse with Amanda Shires. There, not far from the north shore of Percy Priest Lake, he wrote Southeastern, an album that would mark his official transformation from bar-band cult hero to Americana kingpin.  Continue reading “RS Country publishes track by track guide to new Jason Isbell”

Jason Isbell: “I didn’t grow up wanting to be a country singer”

A good piece in RS Country over the weekend which dissects a recent interview Jason Isbell gave with Mens Journal: “Jason Isbell’s second musical act has been underway now for nearly as long as his first, but he’s the first to admit that he’s still getting used to it. It’s been five years since the Alabama native got sober, after having spent his 20s spiraling into addiction that precipitated the end of both his first marriage and his six-year stint with Drive-By Truckers. Now remarried and a first-time father, Isbell has turned his life around, spurred on by the success of his Grammy-winning 2015 LP Something More Than Free.  Continue reading “Jason Isbell: “I didn’t grow up wanting to be a country singer””

Jason Isbell “White Man’s World” – Listen

This from Rolling Stone Country this morning: “Much of Jason Isbell’s forthcoming LP, The Nashville Sound, is about balancing the intimate with the external: even when we are isolated, we’re never alone, and no decision we make is ever without context or repercussion. On “If We Were Vampires,” it’s love with the modifier of death, and on “White Man’s World” it’s the insular comforts of a more privileged existence surrounded by so much suffering. Continue reading “Jason Isbell “White Man’s World” – Listen”

Jason Isbell and Drive-By Truckers Duo reunite for AMA performance – watch

First of all Steps and now this. When will the wheels fall off the reunion bandwagon? Rolling Stone Country report: “Wearing an acoustic guitar and a wide grin, Jason Isbell rejoined his former bandmates in Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, during yesterday’s nomination ceremony for the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards. Seated in a row, the three Alabamans strummed their way through a nostalgic performance of Isbell’s “Outfit,” with Hood singing harmonies and Cooley chiming in on lead guitar. Continue reading “Jason Isbell and Drive-By Truckers Duo reunite for AMA performance – watch”

“Outlaw Music Festival Tour” announced with the best line-up ever

Imagine if you will your dream line-up for a single night out and it probably doesn’t get much better than this. Oh for Star Trek style transporters.  RS Country reports: “Willie Nelson is assembling a genre-defying roster of artists for a new summer package tour. The Outlaw Music Festival Tour will kick off July 1st in New Orleans with Sheryl Crow, the Avett Brothers and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Bob Dylan, Jason Isbell, My Morning Jacket, Margo Price, Hayes Carll, and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats will appear on select dates of the six-city run. Additional shows and artists are forthcoming.  Continue reading ““Outlaw Music Festival Tour” announced with the best line-up ever”