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After spending six years with Drive-By Truckers, singer/guitarist Jason Isbell left the group in 2007 to pursue a solo career. Last seen in New Zealand supporting Ryan Adams in 2012, (the same year he won an Americana Award for Song of the Year), he will return in 2014 with his full band, a brilliant new album under his arm and new songs to play in the intimate surrounds of The Tuning Fork.
Jason Isbell will bring a swag of material to the stage as he rolls through his catalogue of songs from Sirens of the Ditch (2007), Jason Isbell, The 400 Unit (2009), Here We Rest (2011) and the new album Southeastern.
Recorded with producer David Cobb (Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Secret Sisters, George Jones) Southeastern is not a record Jason has made before, and not simply because the glorious storm and drama of his band, the 400 Unit, is absent. They will tour together; it’s not a break-up record, not an album of dissolving, but, rather, songs of discovery.
The reviews say it all. It's an album, and a show, not to be missed.
"What makes the album itself addictive is Isbell's fusing of gothic Memphis blues and Nashville tenderness." - Mojo
"Southeastern finds him working in a more stripped-down manner which focuses attention firmly on his songs. Fortunately, they're brilliant: vivid, multi-faceted tales of souls adrift." - The Independent
"By any reasonable aesthetic criteria, Southeastern is a triumph."- Paste Magazine
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