At age 35, alt-country singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Isbell is finally having the shining moment of his somewhat tumultuous 13-year career. His fourth solo album, "Southeastern," came out last year to much critical acclaim, lauded by many as one of the best of 2013.
There were so many releases in 2013 and I know I only heard a small fraction of them. In my relatively small overall sampling of 2013 album releases, I found a whole lot to like, and it was difficult to narrow them down to a list of 10.
The sign on the fence said, "Sold Out. See you tomorrow." And so it goes, another Wednesday night at Off Broadway.
Back in his Drive-By Truckers days, Jason Isbell's songwriting and plaintive vocals provided the melodic, contemplative counterpoint to Patterson Hood's gritty rambling Southern Gothic story telling.
It's been said before, but I don't mind repeating it: John Prine is a national treasure.
On the opening track "Alabama Pines" from his new album Jason Isbell laments, "No one gives a damn about the things I give a damn about." The faithful that came out to see the impressive 32-year-old Alabama songwriter certainly did give a damn.