Michael Jason Isbell was born on February, 1 1979 in Alabama. Spending his childhood in the rural state and growing up with his grandparents and early divorced parents determined his musical career. He grew up listening to his family and people around playing country, bluegrass and Americana music. Young Isbell visited his grandparents often, who taught him to play mandolin and other musical instruments. At school, he used to play French horn and trumpet also. At frequent family meetings, almost all members used to gather and play country songs together. All this resulted in Jason Ispell becoming a talented and skillful guitar player.
At the age of 15, Isbell started his own garage band which even played the first Jason Isbell concert at Grand Ole Opry show once. He continued practicing and when he was 21, met David Hood – a session bassist of the band Drive-by Truckers. He managed to overcome his shyness and approached the band members telling that he was also playing. Hood accepted Isbell’s demos and was impressed by what he had heard. The Drive-by Truckers took Jason Isbell first as a songwriter: later on, he became the band’s guitarist.
After 7 years with the Truckers, Isbell left the group to start his own solo career. His first album – Sirens of the Ditch – came out in 2007 followed by the supporting Jason Isbell tour in the US and Canada in the same year. The album was a success and he continued his work.
For the next album, the whole band joined Isbell – the 400 Unit. The name comes from the number of a psychiatric ward in a local hospital. That tricky name was intriguing enough to give the name to the album – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. 2011 brought another album – again all Jason Isbell band playing together – Here We Rest. Alabama pines – a song from it – became song of the year in 2012.
The last album – The Nashville sound – was released on June, 16 2017. It has already been called one of this year’s greatest Americana releases. The sound shows more rock-and-roll influence this time, while the lyrics touch upon political topics.Jason Isbell tour dates 2017
The 400 Unit are known for their great live performances where not only the frontman is in the spotlight but all musicians have their significant places on the stage. The band are touring in support of their latest album now. The Jason Isbell tour 2017 includes visiting the US, Canada and a number of European countries. The Jason Isbell setlist for these shows consists of the new songs as well as the singer’s greatest hits, some covers and the Drive-by Truckers’ songs. It is going to be a great show for all those who love the alt-country spiced up with gospel, blues and rock-and-roll elements. The tickets for the two coming shows are already sold out so be quick to get the show of Jason Isbell tickets. Check above for the available Jason Isbell tour dates.
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