Widespread Panic and Jason Isbell with his 400 Unit headed the bill at Sweetwater 420 Fest which took place in Atlanta last weekend, the festival ending on the highlight of two Southern roots-based bands who played the main stage with back-to-back performances on Sunday. Jason Isbell performed the first of those sets with his band … Continue reading “Jason Isbell jams with Widespread Panic – Watch”
We have a veritable smorgasbord of videos for you today but this one is worth a watch – evolving indie rock outfit Strand of Oaks performed live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with a cast of musicians, including Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. They performed their new single ‘Ruby’ which comes from the … Continue reading “Strands of Oaks perform with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires – Watch”
“A few years back I had resigned myself to the fact that my days as a recording artist were probably over”: so begin the sleeve notes to Jason Ringenberg’s new album ‘Stand Tall’. And fans of his music were probably expecting this too: his previous solo album, ‘Empire Builders’, was released in 2004. So, what … Continue reading “Jason Ringenberg “Stand Tall” (Courageous Chicken Music, 2019)”
What do you get when you place Americana music legend Jason Ringenberg (who Mojo described as “The Godfather of Americana”) in a grove of Giant Sequoias? You end up with his new record ‘Stand Tall’, the (very) long-awaited follow up to 2004’s ‘Empire Builders’ and his first collection of new songs, outside of his Farmer Jason … Continue reading “Jason Ringenberg announces new album, UK dates”
Rolling Stone Country have got a lovely little piece up today about Josh Ritter’s forthcoming new album which is more political than some of Ritter’s offerings to date, and which features the 400 Unit as his band. It basically sounds awesome. They report: “It’s a rainy November evening in Nashville and Josh Ritter and Jason Isbell … Continue reading “Josh Ritter is back with Jason Isbell produced record”
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are rightly acclaimed as one of the best live acts doing the rounds today and it’s no surprise to find that they have released a live album in an attempt to capture the on-stage magic which is so beloved by fans. Recorded over a six-night residency at that fabled … Continue reading “Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “Live From the Ryman” (Southeastern Records, 2018)”
Now here’s something to start your week off with a bang. It’s the new single from Jason Charles Miller, taken from his latest album In The Wasteland and it rocks. He’s in the UK in December for a few gigs too.
Jason Isbell has begun six nights of performances in Nashville this week for this year’s residency (which have been happening since 2014) and RS Country has been writing about them in glowing terms. They wrote of the first night: “On Monday, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit performed like a renewed band, kicking off this … Continue reading “Jason Isbell’s Ryman residency wins RS plaudits”
RS Country are running a nice little (not so little actually) interview today with Americana royalty (in a Republican way) (that’s Republican in the UK sense) (why did I start this?) Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires who talk to them about their new albums, how they both met and speaking out in the era of Trump.
RS Country has a nice piece in it today about Jason Isbell’s excellent track record with combating Trump supporting Twitter combatants which, let’s face it, would be a drain on anyone. They describe how almost a decade on from first joining the social-media service in March 2009, he has evolved into a blackbelt of the platform, “spending … Continue reading “Jason Isbell is the Twitter big hitter against right wing trolls”