Jason Isbell plans new CD, switches labels
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Jason Isbell plans new CD, switches labels

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 – Former Drive-By Truckers member Jason Isbell is slated to release his second disc in February 2009 on a new label for him, Lightning Rod Records.

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit's self-titled disc drops Feb. 17. Isbell debuted on New West Records. This is his first release with his band The 400 Unit: Derry deBorja (keyboards), Jimbo Hart (bass) and Browan Lollar (guitar). Matt Pence (Centro-matic/South San Gabriel) was co-producer, drummer and engineer.

The album was co-produced by Isbell and The 400 Unit. "I want it to be known that it's a band record," said Isbell. "I want it to be known that it's something we all did together. Even though I wrote the songs, it was a very inclusive project."

Isbell posted the new track, Seven-Mile Island on the band's MySpace site. The album was recorded at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Isbell and The 400 Unit have played more than 200 dates since the release of "Sirens Of The Ditch" in 2006 and will announce the first round of their 2009 dates soon.

Songs on the new CD are:
1. Seven-Mile Island
2. Sunstroke
3. Good
4. Cigarettes and Wine
5. However Long
6. Coda
7. The Blue
8. No Choice in the Matter
9. Soldiers Get Strange
10. Streetlights
11. The Last Song I Will Write

This is the second release for Nashville-based Lightning Rod Records whose US distribution and marketing is handled by Thirty Tigers/RED. James McMurtry also is on the label.


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