Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Dress Blues

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:
Decoration Day.mp3
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)


simon2307 said...

The new albums fantastic, better than the first in my opinion, well worth getting, would love to see Jason and the band live, but no sign so far of them coming over the water to GB. Jason played Dress Blues "solo" the last time I saw the Truckers live , great gig that night.

Garrick said...

Bah! I'll trade you 2 weeks of my weather for 2 weeks of your concert cornicopia.

The Second Single said...

I may be the only person in the world who enjoys "Daylight" from A Blessing and A Curse.