Jason Isbell is regarded as the current King of Americana by many, and if the recent performance of his 2015 record Something More Than Free is any indication, this is an all too appropriate moniker.
This week was the first week Something More Than Free has not graced the #1 spot on the Americana Radio Airplay chart in the last 20—an all-time record. The only other records to come close to the accomplishment were Isbell’s previous release Southeastern from 2013, and Robert Plant’s Band of Joy album, which both spent 15 weeks at the top of the charts. Isbell was dethroned this week by Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin’s new album Lost Time.
The Americana Airplay Chart is aggregated from reporting terrestrial radio stations, syndicated radio shows, satellite radio, and internet stations who report their playlists to the Americana organization.
Jason Isbell is no stranger to being on top. Earlier in 2015 upon the release of Something More Than Free, he shocked the country music world by hitting #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, and doing it by inching out Alan Jackson. The album also hit #1 on the folk and rock charts. As of October, the album has sold over 100,000 copies and counting.
Next up for Isbell will be to see if he can get any love from the Grammy Awards. Even with Southeastern‘s stellar performance and critical praise, it couldn’t even garner a nomination in the Americana category at the 2014 awards. It was seen as one of the biggest snubs of the year. Sturgill Simpson’s nomination in 2015 hopefully bodes well for Isbell’s chances in 2016. The Grammy nominees are announced December 7th.
Jason Isbell also just released a new video for the song “Children of Children” that includes photos of his family and childhood.