Jason Isbell, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Amanda Shires & More Perform At ShoalsFest


Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow and Amanda Shires performed together at the inaugural ShoalsFest. The collaborations took place throughout the day on Satuday at McFarland Park in Florence, Alabama.

Isbell is a native of nearby Green Hill, Alabama and the guitarist was onstage during Shires, Staples and Crow’s sets. Isbell supported Shires during her set that also featured keyboardist Peter Levin and 400 Unit drummer Chad Gamble. Shires worked in a few The Highwomen songs into her performance.

Isbell emerged during Staples’ set to join the legendary vocalist on “Change.” Staples was also reunited with renowned bassist David Hood who is a member of The Swampers session players that recorded “Respect Yourself” in 1971 with The Staples Singers in nearby Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Both Shires and Isbell sat-in with Crow, the former adding fiddle to “Strong Enough” and “Home” and the latter adding guitar to Bob Dylan’s “Everything Is Broken” (which they recorded together for Crow’s album Threads).

Isbell, Shires, Gamble and the rest of the 400 Unit – keyboardist Derry Deborja, guitarist Sadler Vaden and bassist Jimbo Hart – played a headlining set to close out the event. Their performance drew from Isbell’s solo records, his time with Drive-By Truckers (who are led by David Hood’s son Patterson Hood) and a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well” with Shires and Isbell’s young daughter dancing beside her parents.

Watch audience-shot footage from ShoalsFest below:

Change Captured by North South Central Live

Respect Yourself Captured by North South Central Live


Strong Enough Captured by North South Central Live

Everything Is Broken Captured by Jerri Dickseski


Swimmer Captured by North South Central Live

Oh Well Captured by Jerri Dickseski



Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at McFarland Park

  • Hope the High Road
  • 24 Frames  
  • Overseas
  • Something More Than Free  
  • Last of My Kind
  • Flying Over Water  
  • Danko/Manuel  
  • Alabama Pines
  • Tupelo
  • Super 8  
  • If We Were Vampires
  • Tour of Duty
  • Maybe It's Time
  • White Man's World
  • Stockholm  
  • Cover Me Up  
  • Oh Well  
  • Outfit  
  • Never Gonna Change  


Sheryl Crow at McFarland Park

  • If It Makes You Happy
  • A Change Would Do You Good
  • All I Wanna Do
  • My Favorite Mistake
  • Can't Cry Anymore
  • Prove You Wrong
  • Strong Enough
  • Home
  • Still the Good Old Days
  • Everything Is Broken  
  • Steve McQueen
  • Soak Up the Sun
  • Everyday Is a Winding Road


Mavis Staples at McFarland Park

  • If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)  
  • Anytime
  • Slippery People  
  • Build a Bridge
  • Who Told You That
  • For What It's Worth  
  • We Get By
  • Respect Yourself  
  • Stronger
  • Change
  • Touch a Hand  
  • No Time for Crying


Amanda Shires at McFarland Park

  • Changes
  • White Feather
  • Leave It Alone
  • Swimmer
  • Take on the Dark
  • Parking Lot Pirouette
  • Wasted and Rollin'
  • Bulletproof
  • Highwomen  
  • Cocktail and a Song  
  • Don't Call Me  
  • Just What I Needed  
  • Eve's Daughter