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Isbell, Shires releases two songs, plot tour

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – Jason Isbell, and his wife, Amanda Shires, released the two-song "Sea Songs" set digitally today.

"Sea Songs" features covers of Warren Zevon's "Mutineer" and Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers."

Isbell also announced a series of May tour dates. Shows are:
Feb. 10 - Columbus, OH - The Southern Theatre**
Feb. 12 - Chicago, IL - Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center**
Feb. 13 - Kalamazoo, MI - Kalamazoo State Theatre**
Feb. 14 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House**
Feb. 15 - Des Moines, IA - Hoyt Sherman Theatre**
Feb. 17 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater**
April 16 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
April 17 - Charlotte, NC - U.S. National Whitewater Center
April 18 - Columbia, SC -The Music Farm Columbia
May 13 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theatre+
May 15 - Orlando, FL - Plaza Live+
May 16 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Boots
May 17 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater+
May 19 - Long Island, NY - The Space at Westbury+
May 20 - Port Chester, NY - The Capital Theatre+
May 22 - Albany, NY - The Egg+
May 23 - Cumberland, MD - Del Fest
May 24 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
May 26 - Rochester, NY - Water Street+
May 27 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues+
May 28 - Bristol, TN - Paramount Center for the Arts+

** Damien Jurado supports
+ Craig Finn supports

Isbell is getting ready to go back into the studio with producer Dave Cobb to record the follow up to his very successful "Southeastern" from 2013. Look for a new disc out later this year.

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The Nashville Sound CD review - The Nashville Sound
Jason Isbell's "The Nashville Sound" doesn't cause the immediate buzz of the singer/songwriter's previous efforts, so you may need to give it a little time to grow on you. But because Isbell simply doesn't make bad records, this one's just good in different ways, with a longer release cycle. The best one may well be the last track, "Something to Love." It's serves as a kind of folkish benediction where Isbell wishes whomever has ears to hear to »»»
Southeastern CD review - Southeastern
Given the fact that Jason Isbell opts for solo billing this time around, it might be assumed that last year's "Live From Alabama," recorded with the 400 Unit, was the band's swan song of sorts. That is, unless one considers the fact that drummer Chad Gamble and keyboardist Derry deBorja are still along for the ride, albeit sans the band billing. Likewise, the cast and crew also includes some notable names in the credits, including fiddle player/vocalist Amanda Shires (who is »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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