Jason Isbell: most Nashville country is “real bad music”

Jason Isbell has given an interesting interview to Rolling Stone Country over the weekend – there’s a few gem quotes in it.  They report: “A few years ago, Jason Isbell was an ex-member of Drive-By Truckers, playing clubs and drinking way too much whiskey. Now, the Alabama native is headlining venues like Baltimore’s 19,000-seat Merriweather Post Pavilion while turning out sharp country-rock story-songs. (John Mayer has called him “the best lyric writer of my generation.”) Isbell’s new album, The Nashville Sound, gets heavier and more political than 2015’s Something More Than Free, which won Grammys, including Best Americana Album. Continue reading “Jason Isbell: most Nashville country is “real bad music””

Jason Isbell performs on CBS This Morning – Watch

God that man and his band will just not leave television alone at the moment. Rolling Stone reports: “Just a few days after Jason Isbell gave a blistering performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Alabama native returned to the small screen on Saturday for a segment on CBS This Morning. This time saw Isbell and the 400 Unit in a more thoughtful, though not exactly subdued, frame of mind as they performed a handful of songs from their new album, The Nashville Sound [which you can view below]. Continue reading “Jason Isbell performs on CBS This Morning – Watch”

Jason Isbell “The Nashville Sound” (Southeastern, 2017)

The Nashville Sound was recorded in the Nashville Sound studios with Dave Cobb producing again and represents Isbell refining his blue collar working man’s songs to a hugely impressive degree. Opening gently with ‘Last of My Kind’ he sings with clarity and pathos of his growing sense of isolation as an artistic conscious member of the American working class. And this is a very downbeat way to start an album of generally introspective observation tempered with the occasionally angry shout. ‘Cumberland Gap’, track 2, is the first of those; a real DBT reference of a song complete with roaring guitars and small town Americana painting as it does a picture of a growing second Great Depression. Continue reading “Jason Isbell “The Nashville Sound” (Southeastern, 2017)”

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””