JASON ISBELL – ” Hope The High Road “

Posted: July 31, 2017 in MUSIC
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With an artist like Jason Isbell, the bar gets set higher and higher with each and every new album, creating a tough hurdle for his upcoming release The Nashville Sound. Though he established himself as one of the all-time greats songwriters with his previous band Drive By Truckers and so far over the course of three solo albums,  Isbell ripped his heart right out of his chest and slapped it on your turntable so you could hear every ounce of pain and sorrow, every ounce of joy and happiness, that he had experienced up until that point. The grooves of his arteries showcased a delicate artist, one who could capture the story of falling in love in a matter of minutes, or highlight the depths of pain that cancer brings to a relationship.

This isn’t to say that Isbell wasn’t doing this exact same thing on his debut solo record, Sirens of the Ditch, or the following two albums, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Here We Rest. His debut rings eternal with tracks like “In a Razor Town” and “Brand New Kind of Actress,” while the self-titled LP brought with it unforgettable journeys through “Cigarettes and Wine” and “No Choice in the Matter.” Here We Rest produced many fan-favorites to this day, including “Alabama Pines” and “Codeine,” among others.

There was something about his songwriting on Southeastern that perhaps felt more accessible than ever before with new and old fans alike, and since 2013, the expectations for Isbell have continued to rise to seemingly unachievable levels. Yet, a couple of years following Southeastern he met and exceeded those expectations with the Grammy-winning album, Something More Than Free. And now, in 2017, Isbell is facing the most anticipation he has likely ever faced in his career with the release of The Nashville Sound.

Jason Isbell is a master storyteller, he’s also a master autobiographer, and opening The Nashville Sound is a pensive look at, potentially, his own career and life. As he sings “Am I the last of my kind?” over and over, he’s asking an honest question, one that could easily be applied to the musical world in which he lives.

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