Isbell and the 400 Unit announce "Weathervanes," tour
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Isbell and the 400 Unit announce "Weathervanes," tour

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit announced today the upcoming release of their eighth album, "Weathervanes," out June 9 via his own Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers.

Written and produced by Isbell, Weathervanes features 13 songs, including "Death Wish," the debut release out now. The group's most recent album was "Georgia Blue" in October 2021.

"There is something about boundaries on this record," said Isbell. "As you mature, you still attempt to keep the ability to love somebody fully and completely while you're growing into an adult and learning how to love yourself."

"Weathervanes' was recorded at Nashville's Blackbird Studio and features Isbell's band, the 400 Unit: Derry deBorja (acoustic piano, electric piano, organ, accordion, synthesizers, Therevox, TackPiano, background vocals), Chad Gamble (drums, percussion, congas), Jimbo Hart (Electric Bass, Bass) and Sadler Vaden (electric and acoustic guitars, electric and acoustic 12-string, background vocals).

Special guests include winner Amanda Shires (fiddle, background vocals) and Willie Nelson harmonica player Mickey Raphael ("Strawberry Woman") with background vocals on "If You Insist" by producer and engineer Sylvia Massy and Ian Rickard and strings on "Death Wish" by Morgan O'Shaughnessey.

The group will tour throughout the summer. Upcoming tour dates are: 3/1 Calgary, AB Jack Singer Concert Hall * 3/2 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium * 3/4 Kelowna, BC Kelowna Community Theatre * 3/5 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre * 3/6 Victoria, BC Royal Theatre * 3/8 Boise, ID Morrison Center + 3/9 Jackson Hole, WY Jackson Hole Center for the Arts + 3/10 Bozeman, MT The Elm + 3/11 Billings, MT Alberta Bair Theater + 3/12 Rapid City, SD The Monument - Fine Arts Theatre + 3/14 Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theatre + 3/15 Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theatre + 4/5 Sydney, AUS Enmore Theatre (with Allison Russell) 4/6 Melbourne, AUS Palais Theatre (with Allison Russell) 4/8 Tyagarah, NSW Bluesfest ** 4/22 Miramar Beach, FL Moon Crush: Seascape Beach Resort ** 4/28 Cincinnati, OH Andrew J Brady Music Center ^ 4/29 Cincinnati, OH Andrew J Brady Music Center ^ 4/30 Scaly Mountain, NC Bear Shadow Music Festival ** 5/2 Omaha, NE Orpheum Theater ^ 5/3 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre # 5/4 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre # 5/6 Salina, KS Stiefel Theatre ^ 5/7 Lubbock, TX Helen DeVitt Jones Theater at The Buddy Holly Hall ^ 5/9 Dallas, TX The Factory in Deep Ellum ^ 5/11 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater ^ 5/12 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater ^ 5/13 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater ^ 5/14 Little Rock, AR The Hall ^ 6/15 Fayetteville, AR JJ's Live (with Adeem The Artist) 6/16 Kansas City, MO Boulevardia ** 6/18 Indianapolis, IN WonderRoad Festival ** 6/22 LaGrange, GA Sweetland Amphitheatre ~ 6/23 Birmingham, AL Avondale Brewing Company ~ 6/24 Birmingham, AL Avondale Brewing Company ~ 6/25 Ann Arbor, MI A2SF ** 6/29 Palo Alto, CA Frost Amphitheater % 6/30 Quincy, CA High Sierra Music Festival ** 7/1 Bend, OR Hayden Homes Amphitheater % 7/2 Canby, OR Clackamas County Fairgrounds % 7/4 Bonner, MT KettleHouse Amphitheater % 7/5 Seattle, WA Woodland Park Zoo % 7/6 Spokane, WA Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox % 7/9 Dillon, CO Dillon Amphitheater % 7/11 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre % 7/14 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre % 7/15 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre % 7/16 Las Vegas, NV Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas % 7/26 Harrisburg, PA Riverfront Park ~ 7/27 Boston, MA Roadrunner ~ 7/28 Port Chester, NY The Capitol Theatre ~ 7/31 Huntington, NY The Paramount ~ 8/1 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre New Jersey ~ 8/2 Washington, D.C. Wolf Trap ~ 8/4 Toronto, ON Massey Hall ~ 8/5 Lewiston, NY Artpark Mainstage Theater ~ 8/8 Richmond, VA Brown's Island ~ 8/9 Salem, VA Salem Civic Center ~ 8/12 St Augustine, FL The St. Augustine Amphitheatre & 8/13 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues &
* with Kathleen Edwards
+ An Evening With
^ with Amythyst Kiah
# with Angel Olsen
% with Deer Tick
~ with S.G. Goodman
& with The Baseball Project
** Festival date

The track list is:
1. "Death Wish"
2. "King of Oklahoma"
3. "Strawberry Woman"
4. "Middle Of The Morning"
5. "Save The World"
6. "If You Insist"
7. "Cast Iron Skillet"
8. "When We Were Close"
9. "Volunteer"
10. "Vestavia Hills"
11. "White Beretta"
12. "This Ain't It"
13. "Miles"
*All songs written and produced by Jason Isbell. Additional production by Matt Pence on tracks 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10.

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CD review - Weathervanes Bob Dylan famously sang about how you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit do more than just gage wind direction with "Weathervanes." Isbell has a unique ability to get deep inside the heads of his various characters to reveal insightful patterns of thought and behavior. Along with his talented 400 Unit band, Isbell has given yet another smart set of songs. Isbell is especially adept at diagnosing pain points. ...
CD review - Georgia Blue Jason Isbell deserves kudos for putting a unique spin on the benefit album. Instead of throwing together a bunch of many times unrelated celebrities to pitch in, Isbell has brought together talented performers to cover Georgia-related songs and songs by Georgia-based artists. All proceeds support Black Voters Matter, Fair Fight and Georgia Stand-Up. Even if you may not support these groups, you will still enjoy this set of mostly familiar songs. The album opens and closes with two R.E.M. songs. ...
CD review - Reunions "It gets easier, but it never gets easy," Jason Isbell reminds us on the song "It Gets Easier." It's a simple couplet, utilizing small words, yet it expresses a big truth. Then, with the song's first verse, Isbell - a recovering alcoholic - relays a dream that finds him drinking again. "I woke up feeling fine/That's how I knew it was a dream," he explains, sounding both afraid and relieved. Yes, these words are personal for Isbell, but his message is ...

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