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Isbell goes live with new set

Monday, June 11, 2018 – Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit go the live route with their next CD as "Live from the Ryman" drops Oct. 19 on Isbell's Southeastern Records.

The release was primarily recorded during the group's six sold out nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in 2017. The album features 13 live versions of songs from their last three critically acclaimed, award-winning studio albums - "Southeastern" (2013), "Something More Than Free" (2015) and "The Nashville Sound." (2017).

"The Nashville Sound" won two 2018 Grammy Awards for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song ("If We Were Vampires"). The album and band were nominated for four Americana Music Association Awards - Album of the Year, Artist of the Year (Isbell), Duo/Group of the Year and Song of the Year ("If We Were Vampires").

From 2014 to 2017, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit have sold out 14 consecutive nights at the Ryman Auditorium. Isbell and company added a new six-night run this fall on Oct. 22, 23, 24, 26, 27 and 28. Tickets go on sale June 15.

The group features Isbell (guitar/vocals), Derry deBorja (keyboards), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass), Amanda Shires (fiddle) and Sadler Vaden (guitar).

Songs on the live set are:
1. "Hope The High Road"
2. "24 Frames"
3. "White Man's World"
4. "Flagship"
5. "Cumberland Gap"
6. "Something More Than Free"
7. "The Life You Chose"
8. "Elephant"
9. "Flying Over Water"
10. "Last Of My Kind"
11. "Cover Me Up"
12. "Super 8"
13. "If We Were Vampires"

This will be Isbell's second release this year. His 2007 disc, "Seasons of the Ditch," gets reissued in July on New West.

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The Nashville Sound CD review - The Nashville Sound
Jason Isbell's "The Nashville Sound" doesn't cause the immediate buzz of the singer/songwriter's previous efforts, so you may need to give it a little time to grow on you. But because Isbell simply doesn't make bad records, this one's just good in different ways, with a longer release cycle. The best one may well be the last track, "Something to Love." It's serves as a kind of folkish benediction where Isbell wishes whomever has ears to hear to »»»
Southeastern CD review - Southeastern
Given the fact that Jason Isbell opts for solo billing this time around, it might be assumed that last year's "Live From Alabama," recorded with the 400 Unit, was the band's swan song of sorts. That is, unless one considers the fact that drummer Chad Gamble and keyboardist Derry deBorja are still along for the ride, albeit sans the band billing. Likewise, the cast and crew also includes some notable names in the credits, including fiddle player/vocalist Amanda Shires (who is »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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