Jason Isbell picks all female artists for Nashville residency

One day this won’t even be news. Rolling Stone Country reports: “Jason Isbell will perform six sold-out concerts at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in October, a run that will further raise his profile as the face of the Americana genre. And the singer-songwriter, who will be backed by his longtime band the 400 Unit, is using the engagement to make his own statement on the role of women in the music business – all six shows will feature a female supporting act. Continue reading “Jason Isbell picks all female artists for Nashville residency”

Van Morrison joins Americana Awards 2017 line-up

If we could afford to cover this in person we would, although you do avoid Van on a bad day biting your head off (sorry, lazy journalism there). Rolling Stone Country reports: “Eclectic UK rock legends Van Morrison and Graham Nash, both of whom have been directly influenced by American music will both take the stage to perform at the Americana Honors & Awards Show on September 13th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.  Continue reading “Van Morrison joins Americana Awards 2017 line-up”

Jason Isbell plays hometown Muscle Shoals gig

Good morning everyone. If you’re in the US and wondered why we didn’t update yesterday it’s because we have these things called holidays. You used to have them once! (Actually not sure if this is true) Rolling Stone reports: “You can take Jason Isbell out of Muscle Shoals, but you can’t take Muscle Shoals out of Isbell. That was the clear Saturday night at the Shoals Community Theatre in Florence, Alabama, where, backed by his longtime outfit the 400 Unit (which the local press recently deemed the E Street Band of their era), the North Alabama native made his first proper full-band appearance since 2010. Continue reading “Jason Isbell plays hometown Muscle Shoals gig”

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”