I have always enjoyed the work of JASON ISBELL; his gritty rock-roots-soul-twang-songs, his unfiltered view of many things personal, all things around him, and especially all things down south. It is particularly pleasing then to have his latest release “Southeastern” out this week and to hear him as his journey unfolds the latest chapter, a moving and poignant shift in a life.
from Melissa Block, npr.org:
There are a few things worth knowing about singer-songwriter Jason Isbell: The round softness of his speech comes from his roots in rural Alabama. He has lyrics from a Bob Dylan song inked on his forearm. He got his musical start with the hard-charging alt-country and Southern-rock band Drive-By Truckers, and during those years, Isbell was drunk on stage — pretty much every time.
“I had it timed where, by the very end of the show, I’d done just about all I could do standing up,” he says. “I knew I needed two or three before I went on, and then during the show, we’d just pass a bottle around between the band.” By the end of a show, Isbell figures he’d have drunk a fifth of Jack Daniels. He says his drinking brought him “close to the point of no return.” But now, at 34, Isbell says he’s sober and newly, giddily married to singer-songwriter and fiddler Amanda Shires. On his new solo album, Southeastern, Isbell digs deep, drawing on his personal relationships and experiences with sobriety.