Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Welcomes Brittney Spencer At The Ryman

Watch Spencer team with the band for a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" as part of Saturday's encore.

By Scott Bernstein Oct 18, 2021 11:34 am PDT

Brittney Spencer was Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit‘s special guest on Saturday at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Spencer, who opened the concert with a set of her own, joined Isbell and his band for James Brown and The Rolling Stones covers as the evening’s encore.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit are in the middle of an eight-show residency at The Ryman. Each night features a different support act with Brittney Spencer kicking off the action on Saturday, the second concert of the run.

Brittney previously served as opener for a series of Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit shows in August and September. Isbell and his group brought out Spencer for Saturday’s encore after a career-spanning 17-song main set. The encore began with “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” a James Brown song Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit recorded with Spencer for Georgia Blue, a charity covers album benefiting nonprofit organizations Black Votes Matter, Fair Fight and Georgia STAND-UP that was released this past Friday.

Spencer also added to a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” that concluded Saturday’s concert. Brittney and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit debuted their “Gimme Shelter” cover in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 26, 2021. Three additional “Gimme Shelter” collaborations followed before Saturday night as per Setlist.FM. Spencer took on the vocals Merry Clayton famously sang on The Rolling Stones’ original 1969 recording.

Watch fan-shot video of Saturday’s “Gimme Shelter” below:


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Setlist

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at Ryman Auditorium

  • What've I Done to Help
  • Hope the High Road
  • 24 Frames  
  • It Gets Easier
  • Flagship  
  • Overseas
  • Only Children
  • Dreamsicle
  • Goddamn Lonely Love  
  • Be Afraid
  • Last of My Kind
  • The Life You Chose  
  • If We Were Vampires
  • Cover Me Up  
  • Driver 8  
  • Honeysuckle Blue  
  • Never Gonna Change  
Encore
  • It's a Man's Man's Man's World  
  • Gimme Shelter  
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