I'm headed out tonight to see Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Alabama born and raised, Isbell got his musical break as songwriter/guitarist of the Drive-By Truckers, and wrote some of the Truckers best songs from that time period. His songs appeared on Decoration Day (2003), The Dirty South (2004), and A Blessing and a Curse (2006). In 2007 he set out on his own and released a great album, Sirens of the Ditch. I caught him and his band at the El Mocambo in the summer of 2007, and met him after the show. He's a really nice dude, and loved interacting with his fans. And his show rocked! His new, self-titled album came out on Feb 17. I haven't heard much of it, but my first impression is that it is more rocking, and less bluesy than the 2007 release. I'm really looking forward to seeing him again.
A few Isbell-penned Truckers songs:
Buy: Decoration Day (2003)
Buy: The Dirty South (2004)
Easy on Yourself.mp3
Buy: A Blessing and a Curse (2006)
Dress Blues (bootleg).mp3
I saw him do this track with the Truckers in late 2006, and it blew me away. I don't know where this boot is from - I got it off of the Truckers message boards years ago. The song also appears on Sirens.
Hurricanes and Hand Grenades.mp3
Buy: Sirens Of The Ditch (2007)