A musical you might actually want to watch, like the silver lining in a big dark cloud. Rolling Stone reports: “Eighty years after it was first put on film, and 41 years after a turbulent but hugely successful remake starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, the latest version of A Star Is Born is headed to movie theaters once again. Also a starring vehicle for Judy Garland in 1954, the oft-told tale of a show-business couple at opposite ends of their fame, returns to the big screen with a wide-ranging soundtrack featuring song on which the film’s star, first-time director Bradley Cooper collaborated with Jason Isbell, Lukas Nelson, Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga, who co-stars with Cooper. Continue reading “Jason Isbell song appears in new Gaga film”
Robert Peston has written a piece for today’s New Statesman in which both he and Jeremy Hunt manage to insult Jason Isbell in the space of one paragraph:
The more worrying thing of course would have been if Jeremy Hunt had said he liked Jason Isbell. Imagine the shame.
The resplendent setting of a former Methodist hall in central Manchester was a suitable venue to welcome Jason Isbell back to these shores and an expectant congregation of devotees were not disappointed by an evening that showcased perfectly the strengths of one of America’s finest artists and his excellent band. Continue reading “Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Albert Hall, Manchester, 25th October 2017”
Jason Isbell made an appearance on the Andrew Marr show yesterday morning playing the track If We Were Vampires from his latest album. Described by Marr as “the maverick star of americana” you can catch the performance in the last five minutes of the show here although be warned if you click back to early you may have to endure the horror of watching Jeremy Hunt look like he expects to be given the job of Chancellor in the not too distant future. And if the track whets your appetite, why not catch his whole Tiny Desk Concert below. Continue reading “Jason Isbell appears on Andrew Marr Show”
A double dose of Isbell news today as Stereogum report with a ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds’ bent: “Jason Isbell doesn’t make country music, at least not in the traditionalist sense of the word, and exists entirely outside the mainstream music industry in Nashville. (The title of his most recent album, 2017’s stunning The Nashville Sound, seemed to be at least in part a dig against the way the town works.) But people in the country music establishment seem to be recognizing that Isbell is doing great work. And now The Tennesseean reports that the Country Music Hall Of Fame has named Isbell its 2017 Artist-In-Residence. Continue reading “Jason Isbell “artist in residence” at Country Music Hall of Fame”
A match made in heaven as it were. RS Country report: “”I’d like to bring out a very special guest,” Jason Isbell told a hometown crowd at the Ryman Auditorium last night, during the final moments of his band’s unprecedented, six-night run at the historic venue. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best musician in town, which makes him high on the list of the best musicians in the whole wide world. Our dear friend, Mr. Jerry Douglas.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell and Jerry Douglas cover Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” – Watch”
It’s a sign of how much Tom Petty meant to the americana community that so many of “our” artists have been covering his tunes the past week. RS Country reports this morning: “Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit paid their respects to Tom Petty on Sunday night, kicking off a six-day residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium with a 19-song set that included the Damn the Torpedoes hit “Refugee.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell covers Tom Petty’s “Refugee” – Watch”