Isbell sets live disc
Monday, October 1, 2012
– Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit will release its first live disc in late November.
"Live From Alabama" is set for a Nov. 20 release on Lightning Rod Records/Thirty Tigers. The live set comes on the heels of receiving the award for Song of the Year at the 2012 Americana Music Awards & Honors for Alabama Pines, from the group's 2011 release, "Here We Rest."
Isbell also announced a winter tour that is likely to be their last for some time as Isbell prepares to record a solo album in 2013.
"Live From Alabama" was recorded in Isbell's home state during several sold out shows in August at the WorkPlay Theater in Birmingham, Ala. and Crossroads in Huntsville, Ala.
The 400 Unit is keyboardist Derry deBorja, bassist Jimbo Hart and drummer Chad Gamble.
Songs on the CD are:
1.) Tour of Duty
2.) Decoration Day
3.) Goddamn Lonely Love
4.) Heart On A String
6.) In A Razor Town
7.) Alabama Pines
9.) Cigarettes and Wine
11.) The Blue
12.) Dress Blues
13.) Like A Hurricane
Tour dates are:
Nov. 20 - Nashville, TN - Grimey's
Nov. 23 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theater
Nov. 24 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Nov. 30 - Auburn, AL - Bourbon Street Bar
Dec. 1 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
Dec. 2 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House
Dec. 3 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theater
Dec. 4 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
Dec. 6 - Boston, MA - Bowery Boston
Dec. 7 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Dec. 8 - Hartford, CT - Arch Street Tavern
Dec. 9 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Dec. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live
Dec. 14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Dec. 15 - Lexington, KY - Buster's
Dec. 20 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
Dec. 21 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
Dec. 22 - Florence, AL -Shoals Theater
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