Tour starts Feb. 12;
tix can be had right now, bubba!
By Blurt Staff
BLURT fave Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will be hitting the
road in mid-February shortly before the release of the new self-titled album (Isbell’s
second since leaving the Drive-By Truckers), due Feb. 17 on Lightning Rod. See below
for the scoop.
Pre-orders for tickets have already begun and will run until
Dec. 19 at this site: http://jasonisbell.frontgatetickets.com/.
Tour dates follow the album details.
The 400 Unit is Derry deBorja
(keyboards), Jimbo Hart (bass) and Browan Lollar (guitar). Matt Pence
(Centro-matic/South San Gabriel)
lends his talents as co-producer, drummer and engineer. The album was
co-produced by Isbell and The 400 Unit with Matt Pence. “I want it to be
known that it’s a band record,” says Isbell. “I want it to be known
that it’s something we all did together. Even though I wrote the songs, it was
a very inclusive project.” Isbell has posted the new track, “Seven-Mile Island,” on the band’s MySpace
The album was recorded at the renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL.
Isbell, who Details Magazine calls “one of America’s best young
songwriters,” is following in the tradition of American songwriters who
have recorded in North Alabama. Much like Arthur Alexander, Eddie Hinton and Spooner
Oldham, Isbell mixes a soulful vocal style with songs that are passionate and
unrepentant in their sense of place and direct in their stubborn Southerness.
Isbell and The 400 Unit have played over 200 dates since the release of Sirens
Of The Ditch (including All Points West, Voodoo Music Experience and
WXPN Freedom Fest) and will announce the first round of their 2009 dates soon.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to check the BLURT video section – we’ve got some exclusive clips of
Isbell performing acoustic versions of Sirens material along with
interview material (such as the origin of the name “The 400 Unit”)
filmed in Asheville, NC, earlier this year.
4. Cigarettes and Wine
5. However Long
7. The Blue
8. No Choice in the Matter
9. Soldiers Get Strange
11. The Last Song I Will Write
Thu-Feb-12 Birmingham, AL Workplay
AL Shoals Theater
Tue-Feb-17 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
Wed-Feb-18 Atlanta, GA The Earl
NC Lincoln Theatre
Sat-Feb-21 Richmond, VA The National
Sun-Feb-22 Harrisonburg, VA The Pub
Tue-Feb-24 Boston, MA TT the Bears
Thu-Feb-26 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Fri-Feb-27 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
Sat-Feb-28 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
Sun-Mar-01 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Mon-Mar-02 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Wed-Mar-04 Toronto, ONT Horseshoe Tavern
Thu-Mar-05 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
Fri-Mar-06 Columbus, OH The Rumba Café
Sat-Mar-07 Cincinnati, OH Southgate House
Sun-Mar-08 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Fri-Mar-13 Louisville, KY Headliner’s
Sat-Mar-14 Nashville, TN The Mercy Lounge
Mar 18 – 22 Austin,
Sons of Roswell support 2/12 and 2/14
supports 2/17 – 2/ 22 and 3/8
supports 2/24, 2/27 – 3/14
[Photo Credit: Allison V. Smith]