Jason Isbell Honors Tom Petty In Memphis

By Andy Kahn Oct 9, 2017 6:20 am PDT

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit were among the performers at last weekend’s MEMPHO Music Festival in Memphis. The singer-songwriter led his band through a pair of Tom Petty classics as part of their set at Shelby Farms Park on Saturday.

Touring in support of their recently issued LP The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit performed several songs from the album, such as “Cumberland Gap,” Hope the High Road” and “Last Of My Kind.” The set also saw a few selections from Isbell’s previous solo efforts Something More Than Free and Southeastern with a couple cuts from his time with Drive-By Truckers.

Following a performance of The Nashville Sound track “If We Were Vampires,” Isbell took the stage for a solo acoustic cover of Tom Petty’s early-career single “Even The Losers.” The band then joined or “Anxiety” from the new record and a set-closing rendition of Petty’s hit “American Girl.” Audience-shot video of the two Petty covers can be viewed below:

[Even The Losers]


[American Girl | Captured by Iano Duffy]

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