Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:40 am
Soulful roots-rock singer Jason Isbell has been writing revealing, introspective songs since his days in the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. After leaving the group in 2007, Isbell went on to record a string of studio albums with and without his new band, The 400 Unit. His hit "Alabama Pines" won Song of the Year honors at the 2012 Americana Music Awards.
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.
Two office favorites and a female Americana roots trio step onto the KUNC Music stage this week. Ryan Adams returns from a 3 year hiatus with a strong singer/songwriter effort, Red Molly's new album is out & Wendy couldn't be more excited & Jason Isbell's third outing with the 400 Unit is embraced. Tune in for KUNC Music, 9a - Noon every Monday through Friday.
After spending six years as singer and guitarist for alt-country staples Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell left the group in 2007 to pursue a solo career. Backed by a new band called The 400 Unit, Isbell's latest project channels the punk-inflected Southern rock swagger he honed in his time with the Truckers while tapping into the melancholy side of country music.