I find a lot of good music recommended to me on the local public radio station. The artists that come immediately to mind are Fountains of Wayne, Dom Flemons, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Superchunk, and Pokey LaFarge. At least two of those I listen to regularly and I have albums by all of them.
But an artist that I discovered via Fresh Air with Terry Gross has become one of the staples of my playlists and a favorite musician. That musician is Jason Isbell, who does a sort of alternative country, southern rock, americana style of music. It’s hard for me to pin down his genre, I just think of him as a singer-songwriter who’s doing his own thing. I don’t remember if I heard the interview above first, or if it was the 2013 album review by Ken Tucker, where he said…
“No music moved me more, did more to make me think about life a bit differently, than Jason Isbell’s continually revelatory album Southeastern. It cohered as a statement about love, regret, loneliness and joy, and also about what it’s like to make vernacular music concerning these themes. It was self-conscious without being self-absorbed.”Ken Tucker
Whichever came first, I have really enjoyed everything I’ve heard from this artist. I haven’t heard it all, but I have six of his albums in my collection and they’re all part of my regular playlist.
- Sirens of the Ditch (2007)
- Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (2009)
- Here We Rest (2011)
- Southeastern (2013)
- Something More Than Free (2015)
- The Nashville Sound (2017)
Apparently, he was also a member of the band, Drive By Truckers, from 2001-2007. I haven’t listened to anything by them, so I have no knowledge or opinion of that music.
Music recommendations are not a usual thing I do, and I’m certainly in no position to be reviewing music, but in this case I really wanted to share this one. Thank you NPR for exposing me to this guy and his music. If you’d like to check it out, and I recommend you do, you can find his stuff on any of these services:
Categorize this as “just something Ronn likes” and take it or leave it as you will. Later.