Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit : Live From Alabama

Jason Isbell - Live from Alabama
Personal success is an elusive partner on the road of a musician. Yet Jason Isbell has been fortunate to maneuver his way to large loyal audiences as a member of the Drive-By Truckers and with his band, the 400 Unit.

Live From Alabama, the first full-length live album from Jason Isbell  and the 400 Unit, comes on the heels of recent acclaim for song of the year at the 2012 Americana Music Awards & Honors for his song “Alabama Pines” (sandwiched right in the middle of the 13 tracks featured on the album).

These tracks are taken from performances in Birmingham and Hunstville in front of a friendly home state crowd. Isbell crafts a careful mix of both emotional and evocative songwriting throughout the album, showcasing the diversity of styles the band can ease into and the versatility and skill of their musicianship. Add in the passion and sheer intensity of their performances, plus a three-piece horn section, and you have an album that captures a band in their true element at their prime.

Pulling from the Trucker’s 2004 release Dirty South, “Danko/Manuel” and “Goddamn Lonely Love,” both fan favorites, are just a few highlights that showcase Isbell’s body of work. Well-developed covers of Candi Staton’s “Heart On A String” and a truly fantastic, rocking take on Neil Young’s “Like A Hurricane” have me frantically searching for the next stop on the Isbell journey.

Live from Alabama is now available from Lightning Rod Records/Thirty Tigers.