Isbell goes live with new set
Monday, June 11, 2018
– Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit go the live route with their next CD as "Live from the Ryman" drops Oct. 19 on Isbell's Southeastern Records.
The release was primarily recorded during the group's six sold out nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in 2017. The album features 13 live versions of songs from their last three critically acclaimed, award-winning studio albums - "Southeastern" (2013), "Something More Than Free" (2015) and "The Nashville Sound." (2017).
"The Nashville Sound" won two 2018 Grammy Awards for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song ("If We Were Vampires"). The album and band were nominated for four Americana Music Association Awards - Album of the Year, Artist of the Year (Isbell), Duo/Group of the Year and Song of the Year ("If We Were Vampires").
From 2014 to 2017, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit have sold out 14 consecutive nights at the Ryman Auditorium. Isbell and company added a new six-night run this fall on Oct. 22, 23, 24, 26, 27 and 28. Tickets go on sale June 15.
The group features Isbell (guitar/vocals), Derry deBorja (keyboards), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass), Amanda Shires (fiddle) and Sadler Vaden (guitar).
Songs on the live set are:
1. "Hope The High Road"
2. "24 Frames"
3. "White Man's World"
5. "Cumberland Gap"
6. "Something More Than Free"
7. "The Life You Chose"
9. "Flying Over Water"
10. "Last Of My Kind"
11. "Cover Me Up"
12. "Super 8"
13. "If We Were Vampires"
This will be Isbell's second release this year. His 2007 disc, "Seasons of the Ditch," gets reissued in July on New West.
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