On June 15 Jason
Isbell will come together with his former Drive-By Truckers band mates Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley for a
special performance at Shoals Theatre in Florence, AL. The trio will reunite for a one-
night-only concert to benefit their lifelong friend Terry Pace.
An announcement of the show, for which tickets have already sold-out,
explains Pace's condition:
Pace suffered two debilitating strokes in March which required several weeks of
hospitalization in Birmingham. He was recently released from the hospital and is
recovering at his home in Sheffield. Rehabilitation will be a long, expensive process and
the medical costs continue to mount.
Prior to his illness, Pace was the director of UNA’s Office of Communications and
Marketing. For the past eight years, he taught freshman composition and sophomore
literature in the UNA Department of English. He also led classes on film appreciation and
the history of Muscle Shoals music.
The June benefit is the brainchild of Jayne Jackson, event coordinator at UNA. “I knew the
community would want to do something to help Terry. There is so much love for him here.
The simple fact that these three prominent artists are coming off the road during heavy
touring to do this show on a night off sends a significant message of love and respect.
Terry has helped a lot of people through the years and now people want to give back to
For the past 30 years Pace has been a central figure in local music and theatrical
circles. He is an actor, director, producer, lecturer and music historian who has been
active in supporting and writing about the Muscle Shoals music scene.
Isbell was a member of Drive-By Truckers for a six-year period that ended in 2007 and has
since launched a successful solo career. AL.com notes that, "Isbell's onstage appearances with the Truckers have been rare
since since parting ways with the band in 2007. He sat in with the indie-rockers for a few
songs, including 'Heathens' and 'Let There Be Rock,' during DBT's 2011 show at now-
shuttered Huntsville venue Crossroads Cafe."
[Hat Tip - Jambands.com]