Drive By Truckers fans - does anyone know when in the goddam hell Jason Isbell's solo album is coming out??

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About fucking goddam time. This album is going to be great.

Thanks for the head's up dude. I started this thread almost a year and a half ago.

Manalishi, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 20:34 (thirteen years ago) link

Jason Isbell leaves DBT

Benjamin H, Monday, 9 April 2007 18:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Well that didn't work. First time trying that. Just go to their site.

Kind of bummed about this one, but I guess you could see it coming.

Benjamin H, Monday, 9 April 2007 18:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, it's a bummer but his new songs are great and he's going to have a long solo career. Sirens of the Ditch should have been out years ago, so maybe it's for the best.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 9 April 2007 18:51 (thirteen years ago) link

It's such a huge blow to the band though. He wrote some of their strongest songs on Decoration Day and Dirty South. Not really a fan of his songs on the most recent album, though.

Maybe they'll pump out another Pizza Deliverance. That wouldn't be so bad.

Some interesting rumors floating around as to why Isbell left...

Benjamin H, Monday, 9 April 2007 19:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Like what? Do tell.

This is pretty crazy. is Shonna still in DBT, then?? I better just go to the site. Will be back.

Super super bummed.

Manalishi, Monday, 9 April 2007 19:12 (thirteen years ago) link

So...Shonna still in. Hmmm...

Manalishi, Monday, 9 April 2007 19:16 (thirteen years ago) link

Nothing concrete really. Speculation that he was fired.

Some are saying he's been separated from Shonna for a bit. Plus, while pretty vague, Isbell's myspace posts suggest a less amicable split than Patterson indicated.

Benjamin H, Monday, 9 April 2007 19:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, I was just on the fan forum or whatever. Those people are crazy. Flame wars over such ridiculous things.

Anyway, this is a bummer, of course, especially since Jason was my 'favorite,' but DBT don't really owe anybody a thing. I'll always buy new DBT albums and will buy every Jason Isbell album as well.

Sirens of the Ditch is a LONG time coming.

Manalishi, Monday, 9 April 2007 19:48 (thirteen years ago) link

Based on his myspace blog, he seems to have been surprised by the news.

For what it's worth, he has a regular myspace page where he's listed as single.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 9 April 2007 20:04 (thirteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

His stuff with the Drive-By Truckers alone showed what a strong songwriting talent he is, but I'd never really gotten much from his albums. That could be as much or more my problem than his, but all the same I find his new one really hitting the spot. Excellent lyrics, and somewhere in there I'm getting some ... Gaslight Anthem vibes?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 16 May 2020 23:30 (one month ago) link

I could only make it through about half of it today. Somehow too earnest and righteous and sentimental or something.

calstars, Sunday, 17 May 2020 03:21 (one month ago) link

I'm a fan, but this one's leaving me cold (so far).

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 17 May 2020 03:26 (one month ago) link

as usual he remains okay and a spotty NPR liberal hero

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 17 May 2020 03:28 (one month ago) link

Huh. Pretty harsh!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 17 May 2020 03:38 (one month ago) link

Not wowed on first listen here. My wife is a fan, and she wasn’t wowed either

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 May 2020 18:15 (one month ago) link

I thought it was very good, myself.

banjoboy, Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:47 (one month ago) link

NY Times interview focuses mainly on his sobriety issues and his marriage ones , but also has music aspects:

Sonically, Isbell wanted “Reunions” to be “more produced,” than its predecessors, with a sound reminiscent of bands he heard on ’80s rock radio growing up like Dire Straits, Crowded House and Squeeze. Cobb, who has produced Isbell’s last four albums, said the goal was for “it to sound bigger and slightly more polished. We used a lot of modern techniques that we’ve never touched before — crazy panning and stereo depth stuff.” Ultimately though, the changes are less a wholesale makeover than just some significant tweaks. As Cobb put it, “It’s Jason.”

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 May 2020 17:31 (one month ago) link

The sturdiest track is the one about his addictions, and like many of the sound, solid tracks I was distracted with thinking about DBT energizing them.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 18 May 2020 17:46 (one month ago) link

It's definitely put through the palatable to NPR sonic filter (see also: Kacey Musgraves and the like) I'll give you that.

Music nerd trivia (spinning off from the Stevie Wonder thread): Isbell boasted on twitter (which he is pretty good at!) that the entire album was recorded without using a capo. Can't speak to alternate tunings, though.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 May 2020 18:46 (one month ago) link

NY Times interview focuses mainly on his sobriety issues and his marriage ones , but also has music aspects:

_Sonically, Isbell wanted “Reunions” to be “more produced,” than its predecessors, with a sound reminiscent of bands he heard on ’80s rock radio growing up like Dire Straits, Crowded House and Squeeze. Cobb, who has produced Isbell’s last four albums, said the goal was for “it to sound bigger and slightly more polished. We used a lot of modern techniques that we’ve never touched before — crazy panning and stereo depth stuff.” Ultimately though, the changes are less a wholesale makeover than just some significant tweaks. As Cobb put it, “It’s Jason.”_
...sounds like he’ll be heading “back to basics” on the next one lol

calstars, Monday, 18 May 2020 19:03 (one month ago) link

Just the 400 Unit, in a room...

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 18 May 2020 19:09 (one month ago) link

...sounds like he’ll be heading “back to basics” on the next one lol
Just the 400 Unit, in a room...

Would be a breach of etiquette for him to skip the obligatory divorce album which by rights should precede both the back to basics album and the inevitable covers album

god this guy is insufferable

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 18 May 2020 19:45 (one month ago) link

yes you are

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Monday, 18 May 2020 19:52 (one month ago) link

The time I listened to it neither the production nor the sound or songs in general were anything like those aforementioned references .

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 May 2020 19:52 (one month ago) link

yeah I mean "what?" I wish it sounded like Crowed House's debut!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 18 May 2020 19:55 (one month ago) link

it would probably sound like (from memory) the Mitchell Froom produced Peter Case album or the like.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 May 2020 20:18 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgkeaVBf-WY

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 May 2020 20:21 (one month ago) link

was he looking for gated snare or something? idgi

calstars, Monday, 18 May 2020 21:16 (one month ago) link

In that interview I think he specifically cited the Froom/Blake extreme panning, so ... who knows.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 May 2020 21:59 (one month ago) link

Weird being known for “extreme panning” - that’s like one of the very first things anyone who has ever recorded anything plays around with

calstars, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 00:33 (one month ago) link


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