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Editors’ Notes

By the time of Southeastern’s release, Alabama singer/songwriter Jason Isbell had spent as much time out of his old band, The Drive-By Truckers, as he had in it. After a clutch of celebrated releases with his new backing band, The 400 Unit, Southeastern is his first full-on solo effort, and dominated by quiet ballads and exceedingly personal songwriting. Whether writing about his own struggle with substance abuse or the trials of other carefully drawn characters—like the cancer patient at the center of “Elephant” or the protagonist of "Live Oak," who feels strangely stuck between his troublesome past and his reformed present—the album contains Isbell’s most introspective tunes to date. All told, Southeastern is a collection from a cuttingly crafty songwriter at a crucial point in his life and at a high point of his career.

Customer Reviews

Isbell is Smooooove!

Man this guy just sparks a fire in my belly! His lyrics just paint crystal clear pictures in my mind. This guy and his former bandmate Patterson Hood are IMO the best two songwriters out today!

The Man

America's finest singer/songwriter.


This is definitely, obviously and undeniably his best work yet, and possibly ever. Listened to a live stream of the whole album online and was just blown away, absolutely got haunting chills as soon as I heard the strum of a guitar on the first track (Cover Me Up)
Been listening to Jason since day one, really have followed him from his success with DBT, leaving and branching out on his own, and of course his battle with alcohol and now his new found sobriety. A lot of articles said this was a "comeback" album got Jason, there's no way I see it like that, but this is definitely a redemption album, that being sober, you can do anything, even put together a masterpiece like Southeastern. Had it per ordered for weeks now, and even tho I've listened to the online stream non stop, still can't wait until Tuesday to get it on here. All time favorite album.


Born: February 1, 1979 in Green Hill, AL

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After spending six years with Southern rock outfit Drive-By Truckers, singer/guitarist Jason Isbell left the group in 2007 to pursue a solo career. Isbell had already honed his songwriting skills during his tenure with the Truckers, and he funneled those talents into Sirens of the Ditch, a bluesy, punk-infused lesson in guitar tones and Southern swagger that marked his solo debut in summer 2007. Backed by a new band dubbed the 400 Unit, Isbell took his songs on the road and soon began penning another...
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