Jason Isbell has postponed four upcoming tour dates mere days before the shows were scheduled, including Saturday’s show at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, due to a death in the family of his bass player and heart of his backing band, The 400 Unit. Jimbo Hart, a lifelong friend of Isbell and long standing member of the band suffered the tragedy recently, and as opposed to playing the shows without him, the four upcoming dates have been rescheduled for January of 2018.
On Isbell’s most recent record, The Nashville Sound, he re-added the name of his backing band on the front of the album, paying tribute to the players who’ve followed the Americana songwriter on his long ascent that has seen him earn #1 records in multiple genres, win multiple Grammy awards, be nominated for a CMA, and sell out venues across the United States and Europe.
The affected dates are:
Sep 23 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory – NEW DATE: 01/05/18
Sep 24 – Oklahoma City, OK Criterion – NEW DATE: 01/04/18
Sep 26 – Baton Rouge, LA River Center Performing Arts – NEW DATE: 01/06/18
Sep 27 – Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre – NEW DATE: 01/07/18
All prior tickets will be honored at the new shows, but refunds are also available at the original place of purchase.
When asked recently in an interview what Jimbo liked most about playing in The 400 Unit, his response was:
“Man, I get to play with the best drummer in the world!! Chad (Gamble) rules! He keeps me on my toes. His drumming is driven by heart and it’s really raw and honest. Jason is the best guitarist I’ve ever played with and Sadler (Vaden) is equal on so many levels…to mention the voices of both those dudes. Derry (DeBorja) always plays the perfect part in the perfect spot in time. The way he approaches things is completely different than any musician I’ve ever known. Amanda (Shires) is like Derry in a lot of ways in that she approaches things uniquely. Sometimes, she can be very aggressive with her delivery or play something that maybe I’d never thought of. Other times, she plays really subtly and sweetly.
Oh, and I get to play great songs that resonate in my own self about people that I know intimately or maybe even myself, sometimes.”