Jason Isbell New Album


"...confident, charismatic songwriting that just can't be taught." -Pitchfork

"...a gorgeously whisky-soaked country-soul masterpiece." -Spin Magazine

Jason Isbell
Lightning Rod Records will release Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit's eponymous album on February 17, 2009. Isbell is a former member of the Drive-By Truckers and this is his second solo release (his first release with his band The 400 Unit). The 400 Unit is Derry deBorja (keyboards), Jimbo Hart (bass) and Browan Lollar (guitar). Matt Pence (Centro-matic/South San Gabriel) lends his talents as co-producer, drummer and engineer.

The album was co-produced by Isbell and The 400 Unit with Matt Pence. "I want it to be known that it's a band record," says Isbell. "I want it to be known that it's something we all did together. Even though I wrote the songs, it was a very inclusive project." Isbell has posted the new track, "Seven-Mile Island," on the band's MySpace site.

The album was recorded at the renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. Isbell, who Details Magazine calls "one of America's best young songwriters," is following in the tradition of American songwriters who have recorded in North Alabama. Much like Arthur Alexander, Eddie Hinton and Spooner Oldham, Isbell mixes a soulful vocal style with songs that are passionate and unrepentant in their sense of place and direct in their stubborn Southerness.

Isbell and The 400 Unit have played over 200 dates since the release of Sirens Of The Ditch (including All Points West, Voodoo Music Experience and WXPN Freedom Fest) and will announce the first round of their 2009 dates soon.

This is the second release for Nashville-based Lightning Rod Records whose U.S. distribution and marketing is handled by Thirty Tigers/RED.

1. Seven-Mile Island
2. Sunstroke
3. Good
4. Cigarettes and Wine
5. However Long
6. Coda
7. The Blue
8. No Choice in the Matter
9. Soldiers Get Strange
10. Streetlights
11. The Last Song I Will Write


[Published on: 11/25/08]

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Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/25/2008 09:44AM
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This is fantastic news! Can't wait to get it!

rainydayman starstarstarstar Tue 11/25/2008 10:06AM
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The Seven Mile song sounds good, with hand claps and an infectious subtle piano groove.....cool.

salmon401 starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/25/2008 12:27PM
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Good news, listen to his other solo album all the time.

treetops78 starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/25/2008 01:01PM
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The Myspace page says Mike Dillon on drums. Is that the same, take your clothes off whenever possible, run around crazy with Skerik, Mike Dillon I am thinking of or is it someone entirely different?

Cool either way!

WARPAR Tue 11/25/2008 08:30PM
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Nice! Can't wait for this!

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I can wait for this. haha :P

MSTaper starstarstarstar Wed 11/26/2008 02:09PM
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Hey Treetops78, this is the "other" Mike Dillon from the Muscle Shoals area. He performs often with The Decoys, a Shoals rock/R&B group. He does think it's funny that people would mistake him for the "famous" Mike Dillon. MSTaper

Brew102 starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/2/2008 10:37AM
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This album will be insane. I wish the Truckers could have founnd a way to keep this guy.