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Jason Isbell: Country-Soul Gumbo

After six successful years of recording and performing with Drive-By Truckers, guitarist and songwriter Jason Isbell left the band to explore his own musical identity.

His first solo album, Sirens of the Ditch, revealed a softer Southern blues sound, mixed with country-rock. Isbell's transformation from guitarist to lone frontman shines on his new album, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, a warm and gritty country-soul album disc that displays confident writing while effortlessly swinging between heavy percussion and vintage soul.

In this interview, Isbell discusses his father's influence on the album and describes how the musical legacy of his hometown (Muscle Shoals, Ala.) contributes to the band's style.

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