Jason Isbell: Classic Or Dud?

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His DBT tracks are better than that Rob Malone guy's was and Cooley's got bigger stinkers on The Dirty South but does anybody else think Isbell's kind of a yawn? I'm weirded out how he sounds like such a drab bump on a log compared to Hood when Isbell's, like, MY age. I know some people are nuts about "Outfit," "Never Gonna Change," etc, but I'm wondering if anybody else kinda wishes he'd go run off and be Richard Bruckner's stunt double or something. Does he have any fans who aren't gonzo for alt-country in general?

Anybody seen a solo show or heard tracks from that upcoming solo album?

miccio (miccio), Saturday, 15 January 2005 19:23 (seventeen years ago) link

also is there a difference between alt-country and y'allternative? cuz if there isn't I'm gonna say y'allternative from now on.

miccio (miccio), Saturday, 15 January 2005 19:27 (seventeen years ago) link

i wouldn't paint him with that No Depression brush at all, maybe his songs aren't as ebullient as Hood or Cooley's, but that doesn't mean he's pretending to be a lovesick coal miner either. Maybe "The Day John Henry Died" is a little too anachronistic, but "Outfit" is straight-up blue-collar genius, and even though "Decoration Day" is rooted in that Hatfied-McCoy aesthetic, it's still got a whole lot more blood and guts than most y'allternative (I *shudder* at that term myself). And don't forget "Never Gonna Change," maybe it does sound like a Tom Petty outtake, but a damn good one just the same.

Josh Love (screamapillar), Saturday, 15 January 2005 19:47 (seventeen years ago) link

He's great, but I do miss the days when more of Hood and Cooley's songs made it into the live sets.

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Sunday, 16 January 2005 19:57 (seventeen years ago) link

Crazy talk. Nothing against the great Colley and Hood, but Isbell is the best of the bunch. His solo album will be a masterpiece, just you watch.

Roger Fidelity (Roger Fidelity), Monday, 17 January 2005 00:59 (seventeen years ago) link

His album will no doubt be great, but there is no way the band would be where they are today if it was just Cooley and Isbell in the band, and not Hood. They'd just be like a more ragged Son Volt with better songs. It's Hood that lends them their heart, humor, and outright charisma

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Monday, 17 January 2005 21:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Patterson Hood can get too "poetic" at times (though he and Cooley do seem to rock the hardest) and Cooley's lyrics can just make me cringe. Jason Isbell is probably the best lyricist of the three. He is by far the most empathetic, smartest and in tune with the realities he sings about.

danh (danh), Monday, 17 January 2005 21:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Isbell is an amazing writer. His influences are obvious, but so what? He had two songs on Decoration day and three on The Dirty South and the'yre all GREAT!, especially "Outfit" and "Danko/Manuel." The lyrics to "Outfit" are astonishing ... they're the compass that raise DD to classic status. Hood is a consistently good, but not consistently great songwriter (Like, his stuff on disc 1 of SRO is unreal, but his stuff on Dirty South, save for "The Buford Stick," is pretty damn dull). Cooley is a lightning in a bottle guy ... 2 out of 10 seem to work with him ... for every "Marry Me" and "Get Your Ass on the Plane," there are a bunch of slow-crawling country duds.

Chris O., Monday, 17 January 2005 22:19 (seventeen years ago) link

what's a slow crawling country dud? "Daddy's Cup?" That song is the SHIT but maybe you gotta dig racing to appreciate it. I agree with you 100% about Hood on the last album, though, "The Buford Stick" is the only one I like, too. That falsetto thing he does on "Puttin' People on the Moon" and "The Sands of Iwo Jima" isn't really workin' for him.

My second favorite band of all time, though, so all is forgiven, always.

Roger Fidelity (Roger Fidelity), Monday, 17 January 2005 23:04 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...

Saw dude play twice recently - first at an instore, solo save for a girl on fiddle. Really amazing performance. Didn't overstay his welcome, totally commanding and great throughout.

The show later that evening though, with his new band, was another story altogether.

While Isbell again was in top form, his band just isn't anywhere near as good as DBT (an inevitable comparison - sorry Jason) and isn't doing his songs any particular favors.

Worst of all was the Conor Oberst-doppleganger on lead guitar - proficient enough on lead but completely devoid of any personality or balls on his instrument whatsoever.

Maybe Jason was playing to the admittedly large contingent of visor-sporting, plastic cup hoisting frat troglodytes in the audience, but before I left halfway through, the band had already done two covers - "Do It Again" and "Psycho Killer," the latter of which featured said guitarist with the Wynona Ryder haircut on lead vocals. If I want to see a preening indie rocker bellow Talking Heads covers while winking at girls in the audience between verses, I'll go to karaoke night in Williamsburg. I was almost waiting for the inevitable "Blister In The Sun" riff, the appearance of which would have no doubt inspired a Roman orgy among the high-fiving frat brothers-in-arms squeezed in up front.

When Jason played any of his DBT songs, the lack of muscle behind him made it almost hard to watch.

For what it's worth, though, the audience were captivated throughout. Curse Bonnaroo and all it represents!

Sorry this reads like a shitty newspaper review, I'm hungover.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 6 September 2007 11:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Well, if I saw that last set I'd feel hungover too. What a shame, but makes me even more thankful for the studio performances, mostly backed by other Truckers (including John Neff on steel guitar, now taking Jason's place in DBT, apparently)and Spooner Oldham, and I think David Hood's on there too. There's also a really good track on his myspace, "When The Well Runs Dry," credited to the Truckers, damn sure should have been on somebody's album, maybe that lack is a symptom of something (like the title). He's mentioned Eudora Welty's short stories in interviews, and his songs make me think of Welty times Zevon (Z collab'd with Paul Muldoon etc, so maybe could've happened, if she were a guy and younger) Not Z's "Carmelita" tearjerking but sardonic lyricism, some kind of compassion on Jason's part, at least implied by careful consideration of his characters, however crispy they be. It's really better than what he did with the Truckers. anyway, here's my review:
http://www.villagevoice.com/music/0728,allred,77190,22.html

dow, Thursday, 6 September 2007 19:25 (fourteen years ago) link

five years pass...

Southeastern his best solo album?

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 21 June 2013 13:06 (nine years ago) link

Easily, but it's also his most start to finish consistent. Then again, to me the lyrics are the selling point. The music is largely Son Volt snoozy on the first couple listens, with an over-reliance on 3/4.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 June 2013 13:11 (nine years ago) link

Yes. I can't listen to the whole thing straight through – yet.

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 21 June 2013 13:13 (nine years ago) link

I keep meaning to listen to this. That NY Times profile has me interested, plus folks who saw him talk and play at EMP in New Orleans (I was in the other room checking out a zydeco and Cajun talk with archival photos)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/magazine/jason-isbell-unloaded.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 June 2013 14:23 (nine years ago) link

I want to like the album a lot more than I actually do ; (

More Than a Century With the Polaris Emblem (calstars), Friday, 21 June 2013 15:04 (nine years ago) link

I really like it. It's definitely a, idk, heavy(?) listen, it's not really quite light enough to put on repeat and breeze through a few times...but all the songs really sit with you. Which is a really nice change.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 21 June 2013 15:15 (nine years ago) link

He seems a bit young for the "all of these songs are about alcoholism" album, doesn't he?

kaleb h. (Everything You Like Sucks), Friday, 21 June 2013 15:48 (nine years ago) link

not too young for a (reportedly) violent alcoholic

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 21 June 2013 15:56 (nine years ago) link

He's a major talent, and this is probably his best record. It's also pretty down and not all that fun. Best news is there are no more Stax-style ballads like Cigarettes and Wine.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 21 June 2013 16:53 (nine years ago) link

i liked that >:(

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 21 June 2013 19:09 (nine years ago) link

"Live Oak" and "Elephant" needed to be Truckerized.

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 June 2013 12:26 (nine years ago) link

agreed

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 22 June 2013 16:10 (nine years ago) link

omg SO happy he's over that 'soul singer' bullshit

Haven't heard this yet, wanna make time to really listen. Color me cautiously optimistic. I recall saying to my then-wife when we saw DBT on the DD tour, "If that kid ever goes solo, he's gonna blow the fuck up." I'd like to be vindicated, at last, because up until now, his was a case of seriously wasted talent IMO (stray songs on various solo albums notwithstanding).

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Saturday, 22 June 2013 19:37 (nine years ago) link

This is good if staid in that singer-songwriterly way.

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 June 2013 19:42 (nine years ago) link

seven months pass...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/jason-isbell-as-undislikable-as-it-gets/2014/01/29/606904b6-8908-11e3-916e-e01534b1e132_story.html

But as earnest as he sounded Tuesday, Isbell’s performance still registered somewhere between excellent and just fine. He was undislikable.

The undislikables occupy a unique space in pop music. Their songs are filled with personality and emotion, but never too much. They experiment, but not without safety goggles. They put a premium on craftsmanship and confidence, often stamping out any whiffs of danger or weirdness. And their music seems unimpeachable, leaving you with an in-the-middle feeling that makes you wonder whether these people have achieved a state of enlightenment or have been trapped in purgatory.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 January 2014 16:57 (eight years ago) link

Commenters on that review are outraged by Chris Richard's stance. I understand what he means.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 January 2014 20:55 (eight years ago) link

p sure the word is 'nice'

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 30 January 2014 21:30 (eight years ago) link

Is he really lopping together all singer songwriters? Honestly, guys with guitars who bare their souls are so unhip they might as well be weirdo outliers. If Steve Earle and John prine are his play it safe peeps, isbell should be pretty cool with this.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 30 January 2014 21:39 (eight years ago) link

He calls the Roots undislikeable as well. I think he means NPR-friendly

curmudgeon, Friday, 31 January 2014 04:23 (eight years ago) link

"Elephant" was probably my favorite song of last year, and "Relatively Easy" wasn't far behind. If he ever writes a whole album that good...

Simon H., Friday, 31 January 2014 04:42 (eight years ago) link

He is an obvious talent. The problem is, anybody's songs are going to sound better when they're played by DBT.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 31 January 2014 04:49 (eight years ago) link

Which is doubly frustrating because the actual DBT songwriters have been churning out less and less interesting material over the last few albums (imo).

Simon H., Friday, 31 January 2014 04:57 (eight years ago) link

Southeastern goes way beyond nice. And it's not just about the lyrics. From my Nashville Scene ballot, "In The Shadows of the Warm Red Comments" http://thefreelancementalists.blogspot.com/2014/01/14th-annual-etc-in-shadows-of-warm-red.html
Jason Isbell's Here We Rest often relied on the words, and some live versions were even shakier, but on Southeastern he's got his tuneful tightness back (playing a lot of the mostly acoustic instruments himself; the 400 Unit plug in on cue and on point, but don't get co-billing). Time to put the spotlight and the pressure back on himself--the voice was never a problem, which was a problem. No matter how wasted and/or woolgathering he got, could always release a few more of those high lonesome sweet bluesy Lowell George notes, and tell himself everything was still okay and not okay, in that alone-together way.
The words are better too, deep and horizontally active enough, back and forth in time and space--the richest lode is the opener, "Cover Me Up", with some kind of imaginative but not imaginary although certainly motorvatingly metaphorical invalid, with strong lungs, calling for "medical assistance, or a magnolia breeze", while he and significant other are riding a flood in a cold house "I ain't chopping no wood...hang up your wet dress" and get that cover workin'. This is also very tender-sounding, since the lonesome monster is now ready to face whatever reality may and will surely bring--whole album's known knowns wed to known unknowns: very family values, very commuting-community-minded, very country in its way (so this only looks like a Paste list, see?)

dow, Friday, 31 January 2014 14:36 (eight years ago) link

Which is doubly frustrating because the actual DBT songwriters have been churning out less and less interesting material over the last few albums (imo).

Ironically, it's been more and more "interesting," imo - in terms of ideas and surprising detours - just less and less strong. They were such a great outlet for Isbell, because he can always be counted on a for a couple of absolutely outstanding tracks per effort, just not quite an entire outstanding album yet. He's young, though. 15 years younger than Hood, I think.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 31 January 2014 15:06 (eight years ago) link

I read xchuckx E. being harsh on Jason's vocals

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 February 2014 16:30 (eight years ago) link

Which is doubly frustrating because the actual DBT songwriters have been churning out less and less interesting material over the last few albums (imo).

― Simon H., Thursday, January 30, 2014 11:57 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

So wrong

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Saturday, 1 February 2014 20:37 (eight years ago) link

DBT's new album is a bore though.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 1 February 2014 20:48 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

"Super 8" is the song that needed the Truckers the worst - songwriting as strong as "Elephant" but such painfully boring country-rock.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 14 May 2014 04:04 (eight years ago) link

i saw the Truckers live last month

- new bass player is distractingly goofy. he's fine as a player but he's like this grinning jackolantern all the time, it's SO weird

- setllist was suuuper uneven, going from blistering rock into pensive cooley so much it was giving me whiplash

- i've seen them four times before this show, and this is the first time i was almost completely bored. they were fine, but fine aint a dbt show

idk

they seem to be focusing on sounding cleaner, singing better etc but their rawness was the appeal for me. i love them but idk who this band is now?

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 14 May 2014 05:04 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/11/the_voice_reportedly_asks_jaso.html

'The Voice' producer reportedly asks Jason Isbell to audition for the NBC show

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 22:35 (seven years ago) link

He was great last week at this Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute show i went to last week at the Fox Theater (great venue by the way)

http://music.blog.ajc.com/2014/11/13/concert-review-lynyrd-skynyrd-tribute-concert-brings-peter-frampton-gregg-allman-and-more-to-the-fox-theatre/

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 22:49 (seven years ago) link

xpost loooooooool that is hilarious and sad

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 20 November 2014 02:48 (seven years ago) link

Sad for the producer's cred, happy otherwise: he scanned the invite into his twitter feed (so that's the basis of "reportedly," from the hoss's mouth) and considered what his audition material might consist of (I suggested he hold out for Dancing With The Stars). Would love to see Blake Shelton's big ol' half-bright face if he did come out there on The Voice (that's the one Shelton's on, right?)

dow, Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:15 (seven years ago) link

("lemon-difficult": excellent, especially if related to #DonLemonReporting, but either way.)

dow, Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:17 (seven years ago) link

http://youtu.be/7mAFiPVs3tM

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:19 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

The new record is streaming on NPR right now. It's very good, similar in sound to Southeastern. He'll never rock like he did with DBT but he'll probably end up the more popular act.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 13 July 2015 16:37 (seven years ago) link

From Rolling Country, my initial impressions:

Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free: doesn't travel with the more sustained undertone of excitement found in Southeastern---recorded sober, apparently!---but "Are you takin' the grown-up dose?" is still the question, or one of 'em, and it's often remarkable what can sprout from dry, quiet starting over, especially when the past gets out of bed and comes cruising through one's present-day/night of carefully worked out details, brushing them just a hair or three from conventional alignment. Or not, in which case it's conspicuous by etc., but always the singer's cue.
"Children of Children" and "24 Frames" will be the relatively big (npr) radio cuts, if any are, but most tunes as well as words tend to take fetching turns.
http://www.npr.org/2015/07/08/420588068/first-listen-jason-isbell-something-more-than-free

― dow, Friday, July 10, 2015 4:38 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Not to say this 'un doesn't *also* sound like it was written and recorded sober---it does, and it also sounds like that's what it's about: dealing with the unfiltered, or differently filtered---but Southeastern seemed like more of an adventure.

― dow, Friday, July 10, 2015 4:42 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post PermalinkMaybe it's just subtle for me---diggin it tho!

dow, Monday, 13 July 2015 22:51 (seven years ago) link

"Children of Children" is fucking brutal -

I was riding on my mother's hip, she was shorter than the corn
All the years I took from her, just by being born.

Didn't mean to break the cycle
[...]

You were riding on your mother's hip she was shorter than the corn
All the years you took from her, just by being born.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Saturday, 18 July 2015 17:43 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

Is any of his solo stuff better than "outfit?"

calstars, Saturday, 3 December 2016 00:13 (five years ago) link

There is a We Five memoir out there!

Double Chocula (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 16 October 2021 03:17 (ten months ago) link

With a forward by Sylvia Tyson!

Double Chocula (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 16 October 2021 03:18 (ten months ago) link

Still into this a week later. 12 minutes of “In Memory or Elizabeth Reed”!

... (Eazy), Friday, 22 October 2021 13:12 (nine months ago) link

Oh yeah----my comments from last year's Nashville Scene ballot:
Jason Isbell, Reunions:

Under pressure of atmosphere, memories, incl. of present and future, spooky and urgent----music more varied after "Running With Our Eyes Closed," calmer but still insidious, words finding their way in---"St. Peter's Autograph,", hmmm--but I get some of 'em right away, esp the one about sober life incl. dreams about drinking, a couple nights a week now, like, "I had one glass of wine, woke up feelin' fine,and that's how I knew it was a dream," but some are rougher, like the even realer-seeming dream of calling in sick to treat yourself down town--you deserve it, self, you been real good for so long---"It gets easier, but never easy, " why have I never heard a song about this must-be-fairly-common experience before? So far, Reunions seems like one of his most sustained achievements in quite a while:

https://jasonisbell.bandcamp.com/album/reunions

dow, Saturday, 23 October 2021 20:35 (nine months ago) link

12 minutes of “In Memory or Elizabeth Reed”!

this must have been tremendous fun for them

mookieproof, Saturday, 23 October 2021 23:24 (nine months ago) link

i really love his version of the Black Crowes “Sometmes Salvation” on the new Georgia Blue record. Haven’t heard the original in years, enjoyed hearing Isbell sing in that full-voiced Robinson style

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 23 October 2021 23:55 (nine months ago) link

otm

mookieproof, Sunday, 24 October 2021 00:31 (nine months ago) link

it’s… honestly better than the original

listening to the Redding cover I’m like damn this guy coulda gone deep on The Voice lol

poster of sparks (rogermexico.), Sunday, 24 October 2021 02:01 (nine months ago) link

i didnt like the otis cover but he does sing it well

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 24 October 2021 02:06 (nine months ago) link

oh and i loooooved the Drivin & Cryin cover

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 24 October 2021 02:07 (nine months ago) link

100

poster of sparks (rogermexico.), Sunday, 24 October 2021 02:45 (nine months ago) link

re what I said a few days ago about "It gets easier, but never easy," and slipperiness of sober living, just now recalled that this has been a theme emerging in various ways ever since he cleaned up, as I commented on in a paste way upthread:
From Rolling Country, my initial impressions:

Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free: doesn't travel with the more sustained undertone of excitement found in Southeastern---recorded sober, apparently!---but "Are you takin' the grown-up dose?" is still the question, or one of 'em, and it's often remarkable what can sprout from dry, quiet starting over, especially when the past gets out of bed and comes cruising through one's present-day/night of carefully worked out details, brushing them just a hair or three from conventional alignment. Or not, in which case it's conspicuous by etc., but always the singer's cue.
"Children of Children" and "24 Frames" will be the relatively big (npr) radio cuts, if any are, but most tunes as well as words tend to take fetching turns.
http://www.npr.org/2015/07/08/420588068/first-listen-jason-isbell-something-more-than-free

― dow, Friday, July 10, 2015 4:38 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Not to say this 'un doesn't *also* sound like it was written and recorded sober---it does, and it also sounds like that's what it's about: dealing with the unfiltered, or differently filtered---but Southeastern seemed like more of an adventure.

― dow, Friday, July 10, 2015 4:42 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Maybe it's just subtle for me---diggin it tho!

― dow, Monday, July 13, 2015 5:51 PM (six years ago)

dow, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 18:55 (nine months ago) link

three months pass...

From mt year-end blog round-up, still in the works:

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Georgia Blue: Having broken on through to majority and electoral votes for the Democratic President and Senators, while Mr T tried to shake down his fellow Reds on the state level, where future counts will now have to be approved by partisan review, Georgia is now precariously Blue in more ways than one. So, good choice of R.E.M. covers at the shadowy borderlines, and plenty of rugged individuals running in the blue moonlight between. Amanda Shires cross-blows my mind with prog flight of Cat Power’s “Cross Bones Style,” ditto Jason & 400 on their blast of “Reverse” (must look up Now It’s Overhead), Steve Gorman-led “Sometimes Salvation” is fearless pushback query (forgot the Black Crowes had it in ‘em), Julien Baker and Brandi Carlile duet on the Indigo Girls’ “Kid Fears,” while JI does right by “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”(following Otis Redding!? That’s tough). He and the Unit and Pete Levin pay their respects to “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” although I’d have rather heard him on a Gregg ballad, but then, vocal of his life on Vic Chesnutt’s gauntlet-and-chains-off “I’m THROUGH.” A few others may take some warming up to, but this was musically and otherwise worth my bucks (as Xgau sez, “proceeds [are] divided among Black Voters Matter, Stacey Abrams’s Fair Fight outfit, and Georgia’s STAND-UP [Strategic Alliance for New Directions and Unified Policies]).”

dow, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 23:48 (five months ago) link

(oops, one too many "now"s, make that "are strongly sympathetic to the Indigo Girls' 'Kid Fears' "--still in the works, yeah, but pretty much it otherwise, I hope)

dow, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 23:58 (five months ago) link

it's a pretty good album i think!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 24 February 2022 00:55 (five months ago) link

this guy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spP3U0dRZYg

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 28 February 2022 02:33 (five months ago) link

awesome cover album!

Ludo, Monday, 28 February 2022 07:22 (five months ago) link

Had Hearted that covers album but then forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.

Solaris Ocean Blue (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 February 2022 16:31 (five months ago) link

When you know a dude's success has left him satisfied with everything he already has. Too few people with "fuck you" money ever take advantage of the position they're in.

This is good though! I don’t understand why y’all assume all artists want the same thing. I am literally trying to run you off, Randal. Please don’t purchase my product. https://t.co/eWQHOz1J93

— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) March 8, 2022

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 8 March 2022 23:44 (five months ago) link

so good

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 02:39 (five months ago) link

Man's got "$500k Les Paul" money, he doesn't need to beg for anyone's patronage these days.

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 02:40 (five months ago) link

Is he happy for being named "Randal," that's what I wonder.

dow, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 02:45 (five months ago) link

Randal *Sparks*, even, like a Flannery O'Connor creation.

dow, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 02:47 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

FWIW if you're in NYC, Jason Isbell tickets are four for $80 right now on Ticketmaster. Part of the "Summer's Live 4 Pack" deal. (Shows are on Labor Day weekend FWIW.)

birdistheword, Friday, 29 July 2022 17:15 (two weeks ago) link

Man's got "$500k Les Paul" money, he doesn't need to beg for anyone's patronage these days.

yes, truly the dream of every artist to be able to insult and alienate their fans with impunity while playing an expensive guitar

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 29 July 2022 19:32 (two weeks ago) link

rmde

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 29 July 2022 20:38 (two weeks ago) link

Not having to listen to idiots who tell you to shut up and sing does, in fact, sound like the dream of every artist.

papal hotwife (milo z), Friday, 29 July 2022 21:39 (two weeks ago) link


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https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/29/politics/griner-whelan-russia-murderer-request/index.html

dow, Friday, 29 July 2022 21:53 (two weeks ago) link

Shit, wrong thread, sorry!

dow, Friday, 29 July 2022 21:54 (two weeks ago) link

is it?

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 29 July 2022 21:55 (two weeks ago) link

"Russia Also Demands 'Jason Isbell & His 500K Les Paul'"

"In Russia, BLUES DRESS YOU!"

The only Amanda Shires thread we have is pretty sparse and dedicated to her prior album, so I'll just drop in here to say the new one out today is pretty fire—best thing she's made yet as a solo artist.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 30 July 2022 03:32 (two weeks ago) link

I was bummed to have missed the Highwomen (with Isbell on hand) as one of the awesome opening acts (along with Mavis Staples and the Dirty Knobs) for Chris Stapleton last week.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 30 July 2022 04:57 (two weeks ago) link

The Shires album is terrific.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 30 July 2022 10:07 (two weeks ago) link

"Russia Also Demands 'Jason Isbell & His 500K Les Paul'"

Lol

calstars, Saturday, 30 July 2022 12:43 (two weeks ago) link

xpost You're not kidding, it's really good. I have no idea what her profile is, but the idea that Kacey Musgraves (who I like) filled arenas partly behind an album as boring as her last makes me hopeful this one will find its audience.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 4 August 2022 23:22 (one week ago) link

Marvelous album.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 August 2022 00:03 (one week ago) link

Did someone say “boring?”

calstars, Friday, 5 August 2022 00:38 (one week ago) link

who?

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 August 2022 01:05 (one week ago) link

The idea that Kacey Musgraves (who I like) filled arenas partly behind an album as boring as her last Liked some of each of Musgraves' offerings until The Golden Hour, which is where I sleptwalked off the bus. Liked some of all of Shires' previous albums, without listening very closely---her thin voice tends to vague me out---though noted that she was rocking more, even kinda acid-rocking, on most recent previous. Will check this one out for sure, and try to pay more attention.

dow, Friday, 5 August 2022 01:27 (one week ago) link

She and Natalie Hemby are the only two Highwomen who came away from that 2019 album still riding the same kind of energy with their next releases. Brandi and Maren went other directions.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 5 August 2022 03:02 (one week ago) link

boo on you. i love the most recent Maren album!

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 5 August 2022 03:14 (one week ago) link

I actually do too! More than Brandi's newest, even. But it's still squarely in the Maren universe and not so much the Highwomen one.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 5 August 2022 03:20 (one week ago) link

Also, holy heck, the vinyl is mad cheap at Walmart right now ($8.86): https://www.walmart.com/ip/Morris-Maren-Humble-Quest-Vinyl/171108998?athbdg=L1100

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 5 August 2022 03:21 (one week ago) link

I dont think Maren has ever really been in Highwomen ouevre aside from being in the irl Highwomen tho - she’s always been much more pop leaning

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 5 August 2022 03:24 (one week ago) link

Yeah, I still don't like either of her first two albums, but then a couple her songs became consistent favorites of mine on the Highwomen album, and I think liking those made me more open to what's going on with Humble Quest. It's legit great.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 5 August 2022 03:28 (one week ago) link

it really is!

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 5 August 2022 03:40 (one week ago) link

I loved the debut, aside from the track about "the church of country music," also enjoy several tracks on the second album and her contributions to the Highwomen album (although that one seemed like it might be a case of too many cooks spoil the broth). When she's on it, she's the or a leading dynamo of today's youngblood country pop, also personal about it, pushing back against anti-vax/mask flak when she feels so inclined. Still need to check Humble Quest.

dow, Friday, 5 August 2022 03:49 (one week ago) link

The Shires album is her best.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 August 2022 09:35 (one week ago) link


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