Jason Isbell Postpones Multiple Dates Due To Death in Band Member’s Family
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.”
September 22, 2017 @ 7:47 pm
Jimbo lost his dad. That’s tough. I lost my dad a few years ago. It changes everything.
September 22, 2017 @ 8:27 pm
Isbell and crew did the right thing.
Friends and family first.
September 23, 2017 @ 1:54 am
I’ve never met any of them. When I left The Shoals, these guys were just starting to make noise and striving hard to make a pesterization of themselves. Since then, Jimbo has become one of my favorite Big Bottoms. Lost my Dad 4 years ago. If you were close, it’s a bitch. This was the right thing to do. All my best and all my condolences to Jimbo and his family.
September 23, 2017 @ 8:12 am
You need a forum on this site. It moves too slow to stimulate comments. Anybody watch Mike Judge’s ‘Tales From The Bus’? The first one was about Johnny Paycheck.
September 23, 2017 @ 10:30 am
This site did have a forum, and it was so unused it died of boredom, despite great efforts on my part to give it life. Village Voice is no longer printing copies. Rolling Stone is up for sale. Forums, blogs, and independent websites are dying off all over the place. It’s basically no longer a viable medium. It’s probably not the time to go big and start trying to build a music media empire. The only reason this site still exists is because I’m too stupid to quit, and I’m the last motherfucker out here willing to be honest with readers, and so there remains a good amount of attention flowing to it. If I had cable, I probably would have posted about the show, but I don’t. Neither do a growing majority of Americans. Cable is dying. Television is dying. NFL ratings are down 19%.
Hopefully I get to see the show soon. And if I do, I might post a review. Perhaps I’ll add a forum at some point, but it’s not a priority. Keeping the lights on is.
September 23, 2017 @ 9:36 pm
Us diehards really appreciate what you do, Trig. We understand that you don’t make any money, and only do it because you have true passion. This is one of the only websites I frequent, besides artist websites. Thank you for giving a damn and for putting up with all the complainers. I hope to buy you a beer one day. Or bourbon. Or both!
September 25, 2017 @ 11:57 am
A total bummer. 😔 He was supposed to play the Criterion here in OKC last night and I had to work…guess I’ll be seeing him in January, now. That is plenty of time to ask off for that day. Still very unfortunate. I want to make it clear that i care more about someone losing a parent than i would ever care about a concert, though.