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Sirens Of The Ditch

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Sirens Of The Ditch album cover
Brand New Kind Of Actress
Down In A Hole
Chicago Promenade
Dress Blues
Hurricanes and Hand Grenades
In A Razor Town
Shotgun Wedding
The Magician
The Devil Is My Running Mate
Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 46:33

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a pearl


jason's "the day john henry died" on a trucker's rekkid really high-lites - hell, amplifies! - what blackstock points out in his address of inevitability. prolly the best of what southern boys with nothin' to say can ever say. take out y'er hank williams jr, plushie and kick it in its fat gut anytime you spin jason's material!

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Why isn't Jason Isbell more famous?


I've loved the Truckers for years, but was mainly a Patterson Hood fan. Eventually I started to notice that some of my favorite songs were actually written by Isbell. "Dress Blues" is one of the greatest songs about war and loss ever written. "Razor Town" is beautifully sad and gets me every time. This guy can tell a story like only a few other singer-songwriters out there can and in my opinion he doesn't get the credit he deserves.

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This Guy is Special


Since his first appearance in the Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell has stood out as a special writer, singer, and guitar player. I loved his work in the DBT, but it is exciting to see him take the lead now. If you get a chance to see one of his shows, either acoustic or electric, don't miss it. My favorite tracks here were "Try" and "Dress Blues," but the last time I saw him he did an acoustic version of "The Magician" and I'll never hear the song the same way again. Truly special.

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Sold before the end of track one...

Harry Haller

I have been waiting for this to get to Emusic for a long, long time. What's up with that? And now how about "Brighter Than Creation's Dark" folks?

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Can't wait for the next one


I loved the songs Jason wrote and sang for the Truckers so much that I was really excited for this album. It's very good, but not the classic I was hoping for. That said, he and his band transform these songs into something amazing live. I think Jason's got at least one spectacular album in him, and I hope it's the next one.

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Best is yet to come


Would just add to the eMusic review that "arguably the album’s most poignant track" is Dress Blues, one of the best anti-war song of recent times. Overall, however, would say that we have yet to see the best of a solo Jason Isbell.

They Say All Music Guide

Although Jason Isbell’s rather sudden split from the Drive-By Truckers, after six years of guitar/songwriting employment, was unexpected by most, his debut solo disc had already been four years in the making. Perhaps that explains the appearance of three members of his old band (bassist Shonna Tucker, drummer Brad Morgan, and DBT founder/frontman Patterson Hood, who also co-produced this disc), who assist on nearly every track. Musically Isbell finds a more soulful, generally less guitar-centric groove in this Southern singer/songwriter rock. Even though it was pieced together from different sessions, this is a remarkably coherent effort. Songs such as the melancholy “Dress Blues” and the harder-rocking “Shotgun Wedding” dissect the lives of working folks from small towns that Isbell likely knows well, and his lyrics sympathetically examine the limited futures of many of the protagonists. He delivers these stories with honest, unpretentious, and dusky vocals that, with a modified Don Henley rasp, subtly frame his skillfully constructed words. Even with the substantial input from the various Truckers, few of that band’s fans would expect to find the upbeat, near-folk pop with banjo accompaniment of “The Magician,” a tune that uses the titular character as a metaphor for the life of a touring musician, on a DBT disc. Nor would the understated blues of “Hurricanes and Hand Grenades” or the lovely acoustic ruminations of “In a Razor Town,” a song that wouldn’t be out of place on an old Jackson Browne album, logically slot into the Truckers’ catalog. Every track is beautifully constructed, but none are fussy or overthought out, something not to be taken for granted concerning songs that took four years to finally appear. At times the effect seems almost too clean, as if Isbell is trying to distance himself from the grungier Truckers style. But this is a remarkably mature and impressive debut from an artist who seems like he’s just getting started and his best stuff lies ahead of him. – Hal Horowitz

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