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Jason Isbell

After spending six years with Southern rock outfit Drive-By Truckers, singer/guitarist Jason Isbell left the group in 2007 to pursue a solo career. Isbell had already honed his songwriting skills during his tenure with the Truckers, and he funneled those talents into Sirens of the Ditch, a bluesy, punk-infused lesson in guitar tones and Southern swagger that marked his solo debut in summer 2007. Backed by a new band dubbed the 400 Unit, Isbell took his songs on the road and soon began penning another album, which he recorded with the 400 Unit in 2008. Released the following year, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit was another step away from his work with Drive-By Truckers, relying as much on sad, melancholic country ballads as the familiar Muscle Shoals sound.

After performing more than 200 shows annually for several years running, Isbell took a breather in 2010 and returned home to northern Alabama. The area had been hit hard by the recent economic downturn, prompting Isbell to write a new batch of songs about the war vets, barflies, and out-of-luck characters who populated the area. The result was Here We Rest, which was released in spring 2011 to critical acclaim. Isbell followed it a year later in 2012 with a live set, Live from Alabama, recorded at the WorkPlay Theater in Birmingham, Alabama and at the Crossroads in Huntsville, Alabama. Embracing his newfound sobriety, Isbell next produced an album of haunting atonement and redemption, the sparse and impressive Southeastern, which appeared in 2013. ~ James Christopher Monger & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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An incredible artist - sure to deliver great and meaningful songs for years
aud.joe10101 0
I have been in love with him for a while and the more i hear from him and his beautiful wife, the more obsessed i get. Great job Jason!
Can't get tired of jason isbell
rainyreddog
Chris boyfriend
great stuff..south e a s t e r n is one..the of the greatest albums in rock..his voice...the band..the stories that are a combination of poetry and the best short story you've ever read. The songs won't leave your brain...but in a good way...not a ..I am the piano man.... stupid pop song stuck in your brain bullshit.
Southeastern great album
Hi my last name is also Isbell
rowdyhoo
Love this album 'Southeaster n '
Rip scout 9/8/13
Always remembered forever missed !
True talent ! Run scout run :)
Jason is a true balladeer and he rocks as well. Saw him in Santa Cruz CA with Ryan Adams both solo and he was really really good. The argument that DBT was better with him will go on forever but all I can say is DBT are sounding so damn good right now WHO CARES! Cant wait to see the 400 Unit as soon as it happens in CA. BTW as a musician myself I cannot deny that EVERYTHING comes from the blues so Jason play whats in your gut WHATEVER it is!
I thought this was a Paul Westerberg solo record for a second. Still good stuff though.
A.W.E.S.O.M. E . Jason is the best poet the south has turned out! I can't get enough of his lyrics.
falantedemor t o s
Love this stuff. To the douche a few posts down-- Sticking to real music like blues is better than selling out for radio success. The blues are best.
Isbell's show at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh this year was nothing short of glorious. At first i thought the Truckers wern't as good without him and he wasn't as good without them but I have seen both in the lst year and that is no longer the story. Both have excelled dramatically since.
mag238 says: 06-23-2009
blues is a bottemless pit in which you will spend your career. Switch it up bro, your better than that... its not bottomless in the good way... -Mac
...dude, he's only 2 albums deep, really 1 album deep when you wrote this. Unless you've seen Isbell live you don't really understand his stuff. His shows rock harder than most labeled 'rock bands' do. Also, everyone progresses in time. His 'high school' songs alow him to purge, which will allow him to move on.
I liked his songs with DBT, but some of this does seem just a little over done, I am sure its awesome live though. I like it overall. Like the others said, I agree with the idea that his songs had more umph with DBT.
blues is a bottemless pit in which you will spend your career. Switch it up bro, your better than that... its not bottomless in the good way... -Mac
ouch, you are terrible, move on, high school is over.
mackmccard42 0
ive seen jason a few times down in here in the southeast, georgia to be exact. its been great everytime. If you guys from the west make it out this way you need to catch a show.
greenlake888
He's from Green Hill, Alabama, which is north of Florence right near the Tennessee border, not Greenville, which is in Lower Alabama.
Jason's songs on the DBT albums were always strong...Thi s album could be a bit more "RAW" for my tastes, but a decent debut nonetheless. . . . . .
lawrence_wil s o n
Need Jason to come out West (as in West coast). His old band DBT came through Portland OR back in Nov. Have not seen Jason live (with his solo gig) since Texas. Another album would be a nice 2009 treat as well.
abrouss1
I have not seen DBT live since jason left... Almost scared too. No one can match the three guitar front of Isbell, Patterson, and Cooley!
He is from GREENHILL, Alabama.
Yeah, I've gotta agree with these guys. Where's the punk influence here? NOWHERE! Not that that's a bad thing, but Jason takes a few keys from Bruce Hornsby here with the cheesy piano rock (Chicago Promenade, etc.). He's much more comfortable live, whereas this album seems a bit overproduced .
Jason how about a new album, we would like to here some more whiskey rock.
msbanning
Jason is a talented musician and songwriter, my favorite. I saw him in Nashville solo in August 2007 and many times before with the Truckers. I loved when he did Moonlight Mile while with the Truckers at the 9:30 Club in DC. Can't get enough of him, he's great and so is this awesome album.
..yeah, there's no punk-infused with this album..? It's straight forward southern rock and roll!! When Jason played Charlotte last fall he played 4 acoustic tunes at Manifest, local indie record shop. He finished the 4 song set with Dress Blues and out of the 15~20 people there listening I don't think any of us had a dry eye, what a f'n song! Rock on Jason!!
mwatkins73
what a guy, great musician and person in general,
AND WHY?
"because mike watkins said so"......... . . . . . .
b2mett
punk-infused ? ? ? ? ? ?

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