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 IsbellÂ 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 â€œAlabama Pinesâ€ (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 Truckerâ€™s 2004 release Dirty South, â€œDanko/Manuelâ€ and â€œGoddamn Lonely Love,â€ both fan favorites, are just a few highlights that showcase Isbellâ€™s body of work. Well-developed covers of Candi Statonâ€™s â€œHeart On A Stringâ€ and a truly fantastic, rocking take on Neil Youngâ€™s â€œLike A Hurricaneâ€ have me frantically searching for the next stop on the Isbell journey.
Live from Alabama is now available from Lightning Rod Records/Thirty Tigers.