Isbell-Earle Tour Summit Shock Horror!

 

Two men, two bands – let’s do this.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

It’s the tour of the century –
or the spring, at least. BLURT heroes Jason Isbell are teaming up for monthlong
road trek that kicks off March 24 in Memphis and
concludes April 17 in Chicago.
Allow us to specify:

 

 

Tue Mar 24
       Memphis,
TN                
The Hi-Tone 

Wed Mar 25
     Little Rock,
AR             
Sticky Fingerz  

Thu Mar 26
       Oklahoma
City, OK       
Wormy Dog Saloon  

Sat Mar 28
       Telluride, CO
               
Sheridan Opera
House

Mon Mar
30       Flagstaff,
AZ                 
Green Room 

Tue Mar 31
       Tucson,
AZ                  
Club Congress  

Thu Apr 2
         Los Angeles, CA           
Spaceland 

Fri Apr 3           
San Francisco, CA       
The Independent  

Sat Apr 4
         Sacramento, CA
           Blue Lamp 

Sun Apr 5
         Portland,
OR                
Doug Fir  

Mon Apr 6
        Seattle, WA
                
Tractor Tavern

Wed Apr
8         Salt Lake City, UT         
The State Room

Thu  Apr 9
        Aspen, CO
                  
Belly Up  

Fri Apr
10          Vail,
CO                       
The Sand Bar

Sat Apr
11         Denver, CO                   
The Bluebird

Sun Apr
12        Kansas City, MO          
Knuckleheads

Tue Apr
14        Lincoln, NE                  
Knickerbockers

Wed Apr
15       St
Paul, MN                 
The Turf Club

Thu Apr
16        Madison, WI                 
High Noon Saloon

Fri Apr
17          Chicago, IL
                 
Double Door

 

 

This comes on the heels of
individual tours from each artist; see those itineraries following this
obligatory narrative break…

 

***

 

Jason Isbell & the 400
Unit’s new self-titled album will be released on February 17th on
Lightning Rod Records. Waterloo Records is offering a pre-order for autographed
CDs and double vinyl with CD insert:

 

CD:
 http://www.buymusichere.net/rel/v2_viewupc.php?storenr=13&upc=61689299682

Double-Vinyl w/ CD insert:
 http://www.buymusichere.net/rel/v2_viewupc.php?storenr=13&upc=61689299681

 

 

 

The label is also offering a
free download of the single “Seven-Mile
Island”: http://www.lightningrodrecords.com/sevenmileisland.php

 

 

Meanwhile, Bloodshot Records
announces the release of Earle’s Midnight at the Movies, in stores March 3rd. Within the first song on his second album you just know you’re hearing something special, that you are party to the unknown and
exhilarating paths being charted by an artist on the creative ascendancy. If
you didn’t look at the songwriting credits, you’d swear the songs were penned
on the stoop of a one-pump filling station in Dust Bowl-era Oklahoma,
the smoke-filled song and dream factories of Tin Pan Alley, or at the back door
of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville. 
Justin effortlessly taps the romanticism imbued in the beaten-soled travelogues
and mythos of Woody Guthrie, the lounging around a campfire at a work camp and
the edgy angst of a wintry Minneapolis (yeah, just try to get that
mandolin line from the cover of the “Mats ” Can’t Hardly Wait”
out of your head).

 

 

Midnight at the Movies is held firm by Justin’s astonishing vision, yet
roams o’er the vast landscape of American music without so much as a
stumble.  From the deft ear for orchestration and ambient arrangements
reminiscent of Randy Newman through, somehow, the countrypolitan cool of
Lambchop and hipster retro vibes of Palace Brothers/Silver Jews and Magnetic
Fields (simply look to the title track for proof), to the amber-smooth swing of
the Ray Price school of country (“What I Mean To You”, “Poor Fool”), to the
immediacy and disarming simplicity of country blues (“They Killed John Henry”),
Earle pulls it all off with a confidence and candor that tells the listener
that the daring exhibited on his debut album, The Good Life was not a
one shot deal and only hinted at the growth to come.

 

 

Jason Isbell Tour Dates:

 

 

Thu-Feb-12 Birmingham, AL Workplay
Sat-Feb-14 Florence,
AL
Shoals Theater
Tue-Feb-17  Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
 Wed-Feb-18 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Fri-Feb-20 Raleigh,
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,
TX
SXSW

 

Sons of Roswell support 2/12 and 2/14
Benji Hughes
supports 2/17 – 2/ 22 and 3/8
Deer Tick
supports 2/24, 2/27 – 3/14

 

 

Justin Earle Tour Dates:

 

 

Sat   Feb
21      Indianapolis,
IN             
Spencer’s Stadium Tavern 

Fri    Feb 27
     Murray,
KY                   
Lovett Auditorium 

Sat   Feb 28
     Columbus,
OH              
The Rumba Café 

Tue  Mar   3
      New
York, NY              
Mercury Lounge 

Wed Mar 4
       Alexandria,
VA              The
Birchmere  

Thu  Mar 5
        Whitesburg,
KY
            Summit City  

Fri   Mar 6
        Louisville,
KY
               
St. Francis of Assisi 

Sat  Mar
7         Knoxville, TN                
Barley’s 

Sun Mar 8
        Chattanooga,
TN            JJ’s Bohemia 

Tue Mar 10
       Atlanta,
GA
                 
Eddie’s  Attic  

Wed Mar 11
     Nashville,
TN                 
The Basement 

Thu Mar 12
       Nashville,
TN
               
The Basement 

Fri Mar 13
        Nashville, TN
               
The Basement 

Sat Mar 14
       Springfield,
IL                
Hoogland Center for the Arts  

Sun Mar 15
      Dekalb,
IL
                    
Rose Bowl Tavern

Fri Mar
20         Austin,
TX                    
Yard Dog Gallery

Sat Mar
20        Austin,  TX                   
Red Eyed Fly

 

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