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Isbell seeks "Something More Than Free"

Thursday, April 16, 2015 – Jason Isbell will release "Something More Than Free," his fifth album, on July 17 via Southeastern Records.

The 11 songs are Isbell's most sonically diverse album to date, according to a press release. The opening track, "If It Takes A Lifetime" exudes a classic country tone, while "24 Frames" enjoys a Laurel Canyon vibe. "Flagship" is characterized as a folk ballad, while "Palmetto Rose" covers bluesy Southern rock.

The disc is the follow up to Isbell's 2013 breakthrough album "Southeastern," which received much press support and went on to sell more than 150,000 copies. Isbell won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year ("Cover Me Up") and Album of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. Isbell and his wife Amanda Shires will play on The Late Show with David Letterman on April 24.

"Something More Than "was recorded at the Sound Emporium in Nashville and produced by Dave Cobb, who also produced "Southeastern."

Tour dates are:
April16 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29 ^^
April 17 - Charlotte, NC - Tuckfest at U.S. National Whitewater Center
April 18 - Greenville, SC - Horizon Records (Record Store Day 2015 In-Store)
April 18 - Columbia, SC- Music Farm Columbia ^^
May 2 - Meridian, MS - Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
May 8 - Richmond, VA - Friday Cheers at Brown's Island
May 9 - Maryville, TN - The Shed #
May 12 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre **
May 13 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theatre **
May 15 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Theatre **
May 16 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Boots Festival
May 17 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre **
May 19 - Westbury, NY - The Space at Westbury **
May 20 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre **
May 22 - Albany, NY - Hart Theatre @ The Egg **
May 23 - Cumberland, MD - Del Fest
May 24 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
May 26 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall **
May 27 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues **
May 28 - Bristol, TN - Paramount Center for the Arts **
June 4 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion %
June 5 - Dayton, OH - Rose Music Center at the Heights %
June 6 - Black Mountain, NC - Pisgah Brewing Co. Outdoor Stage
June 20 - Austin, TX - Texas Union Ballroom - sold out
July 4 - Austin, TX - Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic
July 9-12 - Winnipeg, Canada - Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 26 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion ✚
July 31 - Fort Smith, AR - Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival
Aug. 14-16 - Lyons, CO - Folks Festival
Oct. 23-26 - Nashville - Ryman Auditorium

** = Craig Finn opening
^^ = Strand of Oaks opening
# = Anderson East opening
= Amanda Shires opening
% = With Amanda Shires, opening for Dwight Yoakam
✚ = Opening for My Morning Jacket
Ryman Auditorium Special Guests:
Oct. 23: Amanda Shires
Oct. 24: Parker Millsap
Oct. 25: Hurray for the Riff Raff
Oct. 26: Chris Stapleton

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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.... »»»
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