Jason Isbell (born February 1, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Green Hill, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. He is best known for his solo career, and as a former member of the Drive-By Truckers for 6 years. We are big fans of Drive-by Truckers and Isbell’s God Damn Lonely Love is one of the best songs the and ever released. Jason Isbell has proved to be a great singer /songwriter in his own right, and we voted his album Southeastern the best album release of 2013.
We have a long tradition here at All Dylan, we present artists who interprets our big hero Bob Dylan’s songs. Today we take a look at some fine takes from Jason Isbell and wife, Amanda Shires. All from Dylanfest 2013, this is a coincidence, Jason Isbell has covered Dylan on several occasions.
Very good interpretation of The Man In Me (Dylanfest 2013):
“I remember early on listening — I mean, when I was 10, 11, 12 years old — listening to guitar-based records or records that were instrumentally showing off, and thinking, ‘Man, why aren’t the songs any better? Why are these guys all singing really bad lyrics? I appreciate the guitar playing, but God! I don’t want to have to put up with that. It’d be nice if I could write some really good songs and still play guitar like that.’ “
– Jason Isbell (interview with Nashville Scene)
Jason Isbell – Full Performance (Live on KEXP, Sep. 2013):
Jason Isbell does a tremendous live version of his song Stockholm on Letterman about a week ago (23 July).
Garden and Gun wrote:
“As his career has progressed, Isbell has garnered a collection of rabid fans, including David Letterman, who was turned on to him by fellow artist Patty Griffin. Since then Isbell has played Letterman’s show a number of times, and has flown out to Letterman’s Montana ranch to perform at his annual Fourth of July bash.”
Jason Isbell is one of the best singer/songwriters of his generation. He is mature well beyond his years, his wisdom is rare in a man his age. That said, this song is beautiful regardless af age and maturity, it’s a timeless song.
Elephant may be blunt, it may not be for the faint of heart, but it is good, hell, it is one of the best songs I’ve heard this year.
Studio version, Elephant:
Elephant, Live version (5-21-13 at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC):
I cannot belive how great he is, this is the stuff of legends! Yeah, it really is…