Live from Alabama
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
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Drive-By Truckers have given us not just great songs but also great solo careers from its members, both former and present. Jason Isbell has left the band and established a well-respected solo career. His "Alabama Pines" won Song of the Year at the 2012 Americana Music Awards, and this full-length live album—recorded at sold-out shows in August 2012 at Workplay Theater in Birmingham and Crossroads in Huntsville, Ala.—features "Pines" and tunes from his entire career. "Decoration Day" (the title track to Drive-By Truckers' 2003 studio album), the heart-wrenching "Danko/Manuel" (which appeared on 2004's The Dirty South), and "In a Razor Town" (from his first solo album, 2007's Sirens of the Ditch) feature inspired vocals and guitar work that combine to great and direct effect. A three-piece horn section further colors several tunes, while the backing trio of keyboardist Derry Deborja, bassist Jimbo Hart, and drummer Chad Gamble provides smart, economical playing until they all let loose for Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane."
This live album is excellent, Jason and the 400 Unit sound great and a few of the tracks give them a chance to really stretch out, especiallly "Like A Hurrican", by Neil Young. Alot of the classic Isbell tunes are here, he is pretty heavy on his DBT and Here We Rest material, which is fine, because that his his strongest work. The version of "Danko/Manuel", is probably the best version out there. THe horns and guitar are excellent and haunting. The addition of horns on a few of the songs are perfect. JAson picked songs that would benefit from the horns, rather than distract the listener. They really fill out "Goddamn Lonely Love", and "Heart on a String". Overall if you are an Isbell fan this is a no brainer. And to borrow from Jason's former band mate. PLAY IT LOUD!
A fantastic compliment to Mr. Isbell's body of work. Well done.
Great Live release!!!
Thank goodness Jason has given us some live stuff! He and the 400 Unit are Great!! Love it! Love it! Love it!!!
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