Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit @ Visual Art Collective

Sun, Aug 5th SHOW 8:30pm / DOORS 7:30pm
w/ guest The Futurebirds
GEN. AD 21+ $18ADV/$20DOOR

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, play beautifully crafted soulful country rock. Isbell, formerly of the Drive-By-Truckers, is known for his songwriting abilities that manage to combine lyrical economy, deep-seated empathy, and masterstroke axe melodies. Along with Isbell, the band consists of Derry deBorja (keyboards), Browan Lollar, (guitar) Jimbo Hart (bass) and Chad Gamble (drums).

“We’ve known about Jason Isbell’s strengths as a songwriter for a while now. “Here We Rest” reinforces that, and it also announces the true arrival of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. This is a great band and a great album.”” – Awaiting The Flood

Allmusic.com review of Here We Rest, Isbell’s latest release on Lightening Rod Records from April, 2011: **** 4 Stars
Like the two albums before it, Here We Rest shines a light on Jason Isbell’s softer side, illuminating the sad-faced country tunes and bluesy ballads that rarely popped up during his time with Drive-By Truckers. Written in northern Alabama during a break in Isbell’s touring schedule, these songs focus on the archetypal characters that populate most struggling Southern towns: the barflies and ball players, the heartbreakers and the heartbroken, the war vets who return home and the starry-eyed kids who leave. Isbell’s hometown was hit hard by the Great Recession of 2008, and he captures his subjects somewhere between the realization that their lives have been impacted and the sad resignation that they’ve been irrevocably changed. The details are bittersweet, but there’s an air of resilience, too, which Isbell underscores with a sympathetic soundtrack of folk, country, and bar band rock & roll. Relying on the acoustic guitar as much as its electric cousin — and allowing his four-piece band, the 400 Unit, to flesh things out with organ, fiddle, backup harmonies, and shuffling rhythms — he keeps things loose and rugged, with songs like “Codeine” and “Daisy Mae” standing out as particular highlights. Here We Rest may not be beer-drinking music, at least not in the same way the Drive-By Truckers albums are beer-drinking music, but it’s as sharply literate as some of Patterson Hood’s best work — and listeners who focus on Isbell’s lyrics may find themselves weeping into their whiskeys as early as the second track.



ABOUT The Futurebirds:

2011 has been a large year for Futurebirds. The Athens outfit has released two well received EPs; road-dogged the nation with bands such as Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Gary Clark, Jr., J Roddy Walston & the Business, Thomas Hardy, and grass giraffes; rocked to rave reviews at Bonnaroo Music Festival and Austin City Limits; and generally simply had a swell time—though brains and livers might scream otherwise.

The band is currently in and out of the studio working on the follow-up to the acclaimed, Hamptonʼs Lullaby. Itʼs sure to chicken-tetrazzinify your frontal lobe. Stay dialed.

The Futurebirds Video

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