|

Click here to expand and collapse the player

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

Rate It! Avg: 4.5 (70 ratings)
  • Born: Green Hill, AL
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://www.jasonisbell.com/
  • Recent Activity: 07.27.16 Some guy called my wife today and yelled at her because he hasn't received the CD he ordered and she said "CDs nuts!" And I love her.

Albums

Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

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.

eMusic Features

1

A Field Report from the New Country

By Lenny Kaye, Contributor

Whither country music - or will it wither? Most of the c&w on strut at the recent CMA awards had more to do with 80's power-rock and 00's teen-pop than the morning farm report. In recent years, an alt-country movement in such Willy-billy suburbs as Brooklyn's Williamsburg has waved a country flag, along with a taste for trucker's caps and Pabst Blue Ribbon. This isn't a sudden outcropping on the range; ever since Gram Parsons… more »

Activity

  • 07.27.16 Some guy called my wife today and yelled at her because he hasn't received the CD he ordered and she said "CDs nuts!" And I love her.
  • 07.27.16 Hearing "Let Down" tonight @radiohead brought back the perfect kind of memories. Reminded me of why people work so hard to go to rock shows.
  • 07.27.16 Tonight at MSG, Radiohead flubbed the ending of No Surprises, then they laughed and I laughed and @willwelch laughed and everything ruled
  • 07.26.16 RT @amandashires: FYI. @JoeWalsh told me to take a solo.I went for the talk box cuz fiddle what? Then he said "fiddle!" So I did that and I…
  • 07.26.16 Me and @amandashires just got done playing Rocky Mtn. Way with @JoeWalsh, Waddy, and the rest of Joe's awesome band.So, a good day was had.
  • 07.26.16 RT @amandashires: Life's Been Good. More realness. See. https://t.co/z2PnaMePSZ
  • 07.25.16 RT @tomwaits: John Prine, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan will receive this year's PEN Lyric Award Prize: https://t.co/Zv4lapEkQW https://t.…
  • 07.25.16 Griffey's swing was too beautiful to be a human motion. It looked like something a swan or a cheetah would do. Very glad he's in the hall.
  • 07.25.16 RT @WilkJayy: [singular] y’all [plural] all y’all [alternate plural] all'a y'all [possessive pronoun] y’all’s [future tense] y’all’ll
  • 07.25.16 Joke's on you I love mowing lawns https://t.co/D5kySJzENr
  • 07.25.16 It's hard to impress a NYC waiter, but if you can eat a big sloppy pulled pork sandwich cleanly with only ONE napkin, that'll do it. #AL
  • 07.25.16 The number one name for baby boys in the US is Noah. So yes, you could say people are a little afraid.