Jason Isbell Announces New Album “The Nashville Sound”


This story has been updated.

Jason Isbell has officially announced his sixth solo studio album to be released on June 16th called The Nashville Sound. Isbell first made the announcement about the 10 track album on Lightning 100 Monday (3-13) morning. Produced by long-time collaborator Dave Cobb, recorded at the historic Studio ‘A’ in Nashville, and to be released by Thirty Tigers via Isbell’s own Southeastern Records, the album is highly-anticipated by many country and Americana fans. Isbell’s last album Something More Than Free won multiple Grammy Awards, and his 2013 record Southeastern cemented him as one of the premier songwriters in Americana.

Though we still don’t know much about the new album, Jason Isbell has said previously to expect a heavier, guitar-driven sound on some tracks. The album also emphasizes his back band The 400 Unit that includes his wife Amanda Shires more than his previous two releases. Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit consists of guitar player Sadler Vaden, Jimbo Hart on bass, Derry DeBorja on keys, drummer Chad Gamble, and Amanda Shires on fiddle and backing vocals.

The title of the record implies the album could be tied to Nashville in some respect. Ahead of the official announcement, the official Twitter account for Southeastern Records was tweeting out stylized photos of Nashville landmarks with song titles, including the Country Music Hall of Fame, the plaque in front of historic Studio ‘B,’ and other points of interest in Nashville. Though Isbell enjoys many fans in country, he has defined the sound of Americana over the last half decade.

A press release for the album states The Nashville Sound features 10 new songs that address a range of real life subject matters that include politics and cultural privilege (‘White Man’s World’), longing nostalgia (‘The Last Of My Kind’, love and mortality (‘If We Were Vampires’), the toxic effect of today’s pressures (‘Anxiety’), the remnants of a break up (‘Chaos and Clothes’) and finding hope (‘Something To Love’). Songs such as ‘Cumberland Gap’ and ‘Hope The Highroad’ find Isbell and his bandmates going back to their rock roots full force.”

jason-isbell-400-unit-the-nashville-soundThe 10 tracks of the album are:

  • The Last of My Kind
  • Cumberland Gap
  • Tupelo
  • White Man’s World
  • If We Were Vampires
  • Anxiety
  • Molotov
  • Chaos and Clothes
  • Hope The High Road
  • Something to Love

Along with the studio record, Isbell will also release Live from Welcome To 1979 as part of Record Store Day on April 22nd. It will feature six songs including five covers performed live at Welcome To 1979 studio in Nashville and recorded directly onto lacquer. The cover songs are said to be The Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and ‘Sway”, John Prine’s “Storm Windows”, Candi Staton’s “Heart On A String”, and Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” Many of these can be regularly heard at Isbell’s live shows. Jason’s own “Never Gonna Change” also made it on the record.

Isbell has also released a slew of live dates in the United States and Europe in support of the new record, including multi-day stints in New York and Austin, and support by Amanda Shires, Tift Merritt, Iron & Wine, and others. As part of the album announcement, Isbell also revealed he will play the Ryman October 10th, 11th, 13th,14th and 15th, with tickets going on sale 3-17.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Tour Dates:

June 17 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium #
June 18 – Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Museum of Art #
June 19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia #
June 22 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre #
June 23 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre +
June 24 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre +
June 26 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall +
June 27 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion +
June 29 – Canandaigua, NY – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center >
June 30 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion +
July 1 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music +
July 2 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at the Heights +
July 5 – Omaha, NE – Sumtur Amphitheatre +
July 7 – St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theatre +
July 11 – Sioux Falls, SD – The Washington Pavilion +
July 12 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House +
July 14 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater +
July 15 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater #
July 16 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater #
July 18 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center #
July 19 – Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall #
July 21 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore *
July 22 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre *
July 23 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum *
September 7 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Support: # Amanda Shires / + Mountain Goats / > Iron & Wine / * Strand of Oaks

2017 European Dates

October 25 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
October 26 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
October 27 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
October 29 – Brighton, UK – Brighton Dome
October 30 – London, UK – Roundhouse
October 31 – Birmingham, UK – Symphony Hall
November 2 – Paris, France – Le Café de la Danse
November 3 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
November 6 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
November 7 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
November 8 – Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theater
November 10 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
November 12 – Stockholm, Sweden – Münchenbryggeriet
November 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – DR Concert Hall

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