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You should be listening to Jason Isbell!

Jason Isbell is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Alabama who was an integral part of the Drive-By Truckers for 6 years and three albums.  He was with the Truckers from 2001 -2007 and released his first solo album “Sirens of the Ditch” in 2007.  Since his debut release, Jason formed a band comprised of Matt Pence of Centro-Matic and some other Alabama musicians.  The band is dubbed “The 400 Unit” which is a reference to the psyche ward of an Alabama hospital.  Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit released a self title album in 2009. 

For fans of Drive-By Truckers, rest assured Isbell’s distinguishing voice is there, his gift to write significant lyrics remains, and his commanding guitar playing is just as unmistakable. His solo album and his work with the new band is not a dramatic musical departure for Isbell. Yet the albums are slight exodus from the Truckers musically, as the songs are shorter, more compressed with a touch of old school pop.

Lyrically, the albums are more wide-ranging topically than his work with the Truckers and less narrative stories with a more casual approach, the subject matter is less southern and more diverse.

Jason Isbell Discography

  • Sirens of the Ditch
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Top 5 Jason Isbell Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1.  The Devil Is My Running Mate (Sirens of the Ditch)
  2. Cigarettes and Wine (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit)
  3. Chicago Promenade (Sirens of the Ditch)
  4. In a Razor Town (Sirens of the Ditch)
  5. Dress Blues (Sirens of the Ditch)

Check out Jason Isbell at www.jasonisbell.com and let me know what you think.

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Jason Isbell’s music is available on iTunes, record stores, and www.jasonisbell.com.

Great music awaits!