Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Play 4th Tom Petty Cover At Their Ryman Residency


Last night Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit continued to honor the late Tom Petty, as they offered up their fourth Petty cover of their six-night stand at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Just like the prior three shows of the run, the group used a portion of their encore to perform a song by the acclaimed musician who recently passed away at the age of 66.

Isbell & Co. leaned almost exclusively on material from his solo albums last night, mixing songs from 2011’s Here We Rest – “Codeine,” with 2013’s Southeastern – “Cover Me Up,” “Super 8,” “Songs She Sang In The Shower,” “Relatively Easy,” with tunes from 2015’s chart-topping release Something More Than Free and this year’s The Nashville Sound.

The band opened their encore with “If We Were Vampires,” with Isbell taking to the mic next stating “It’s Friday night, and there is nothing in the world that says Friday night better than this right here” as they launched into “American Girl” from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 1976 self-titled debut. “American Girl” marked the fourth different Petty song Isbell & The 400 Unit have offered up during their run joining “Refugee,” “Room At The Top” and “You Wreck Me.”

Here’s pro-shot video of the entire show:

Watch fan-shot footage of “American Girl,” as well as a take on the Allman Brothers Band’s “Midnight Rider” that featured Margo Price from Amanda Shires’ opening set, along with the full setlist below:

[American Girl]


[Midnight Rider – Amanda Shires w/Margo Price & Jason Isbell]


24 Frames, Hope The High Road, Codeine, Molotov, Different Days, How To Forget, Life You Chose, Cumberland Gap, Tupelo, Songs She Sang In The Shower, Cover Me Up, If It Takes A Lifetime, Super 8, Speed Trap Town, Relatively Easy, Flying Over Water, Anxiety

Encore: If We Were Vampires, American Girl