Ahead of the release of his anticipated (and we don’t use that word lightly) new album ‘Reunions’ which is due out 15th May on Thirty Tigers, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit have released another new track called ‘Only Children’. RS Country have described it as “is the most sparse, nostalgic offering from Isbell’s Reunions to date, weaving an intimate tale of two up-and-coming bohemians. “Will you read me what you wrote?/The one I said you stole from Dylan,” Isbell sings on the four-minute, largely acoustic track.”
Jason Isbell has posted a homemade recording of ‘Heathens’ the fan favourite from his former band Drive-By Truckers’ 2003 album ‘Decoration Day.’ The song has always been a favourite of Isbell’s, describing it as a “monster of a song” in his Instagram post and naming it as one of his all-time favourite DBT’s tracks earlier this year. Here it is.
Jason Isbell has released another new track off his forthcoming album ‘Reunions’ called ‘What’ve I Done to Help’ which has been recorded with his longtime backing band the 400 Unit. The record is once again produced by Dave Cobb, who he’s collaborated with on each of his albums since 2013’s ‘Southeastern’. As RS describe it, “at nearly seven minutes long, the album’s opening track offers a slightly different sonic approach from the Alabama-bred singer-songwriter. Anchored by a prominent bass line from the 400 Unit’s Jimbo Hart, the song is a moody, slow-building mid-tempo treatise on helplessness and inaction in the midst of societal turmoil.” “World’s on fire, and we just climb higher to where we’re no longer bothered by the smoke and the sound,” Isbell sings. “Good people suffer and the heart gets tougher/Nothing given, nothing found.”
For some reason I was late to the Jason Isbell party, I’m not sure why but I guess that’s how it goes sometimes! However, better late than never and what better continuation of last week’s Chain Gang which featured Hannah Grace’s ‘Different Kind of Love’ than another different – ‘Different Days’ from Isbell’s best solo album ‘Southeastern’. ‘Different Days’ reflects on his pre-sober life and the lyrics are clear and self-explanatory and this live version from the Ryman Auditorium 2017 is a gem.
Four time Grammy Award winner Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit have announced their triumphant return with a new album ‘Reunions’ due out May 15th on Thirty Tigers and a European tour at the end of this year. The first track from the new record comes in the shape of melody-packed, anthemic new single ‘Be Afraid’ which you can listen to below. Continue reading “Jason Isbell and 400 Unit announce new album “Reunions” and UK dates”
Well looky here. During the Newport Folk Festival last year, David Crosby joined Jason Isbell on stage during his performance with the 400 Unit to perform two Crosby, Stills & Nash songs, ‘Wooden Ships’ and ‘Ohio’. They’ve become Twitter pals since then, kind of metaphorically high fiving each other, and then Jason Isbell tweeted yesterday that he “brought a ringer into the studio to sing”, that ringer being none other than… Continue reading “David Crosby is recording with Jason Isbell”
It’s all in aid of the new Dylan Bootleg Series release, naturally, but Jason Isbell and Rosanne Cash are two of those talking about ‘Nashville Skyline‘ and ‘John Wesley Harding‘ on a short film put out by Columbia Records. Continue reading “Jason Isbell & Rosanne Cash talk about Dylan in Nashville”
Which sounds like Boston to us, but hey that’s not a bad thing. Singer-songwriter Sadler Vaden otherwise known as the lead guitarist of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit since 2013, has announced details of his second solo album which will be called ‘Anybody Out There?’ and self-produced by Vaden. The album will be released March 6th via Thirty Tigers/Dirty Mag Records and you can hear the first track below. Continue reading “400 Unit’s Sadler Vaden to release new solo record”
We leave you this week dear reader with a clip (just filmed on someone’s phone sorry – but thank you person with the phone, we’re not complaining) of Jason Isbell and his 400 Unit performing an electrifying cover of Dire Straits’ ‘Brothers in Arms’, a song known to make grown men weep inconsolably. The song was played as part of Isbell’s yearly residency at the Ryman which has become something of an institution in americana circles. RS Country have a full set list if you’re interested. Have a good one.
After almost a quarter of a century of releasing highly-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated records, North Mississippi Allstars have released their 11th album, ‘Up and Rolling’. The Dickinson brothers, Luther and Cody, have once again demonstrated their sublime songcraft and expert musicianship on one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated releases. Continue reading “North Mississippi Allstars “Up and Rolling” (New West Records, 2019)”