Jason Isbell sings Townes classic at Outlaws gig – Watch

Rolling Stone Country are carrying this clip today which you can throw yourself into below – it was recorded at the new ‘Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s’ exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Put together by Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb, it featured musicianship from the likes of Amanda Shires, Robby Turner, Chris Hennessee,  Charlie Worsham, Chris Shiflett and Jason Isbell. Isbell himself performed Townes Van Zandt’s ‘Pancho and Lefty’ with backing from the trouble and strife/musical partner on fiddle and harmony vocals. As RS put it “Turner’s mournful pedal steel and Hennessee’s subtle harmonica accented the rendition, but it was Isbell’s slide guitar solo that brought it to its rousing denouement, as Isbell sang the final verse ­– handled by the late Jody Payne when Nelson performed it on tour – about Lefty living in that cheap hotel.”

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years and still feels like this is his pretend job, mainly because it is.

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