“Have you heard Jason Isbell?” said my record producer, Thomas. I sheepishly said no, trying to hide how I may just have missed someone I should know about. He could tell.
“Oh don’t worry – I don’t think that many people have heard of him. But you should hear his stuff. I’ll start you off with Southeastern.“
And there we sat, in Thomas’s vinyl-stacked basement studio, and listened to the album all the way through. We did not talk, we did not offer opinions, we sat silently and absorbed what we heard.
I have been hooked ever since.
Isbell’s catalogue, while relatively short, is crammed with stunning stories of love, loss, hope, fears and occasionally political standpoints. The former guitarist for the Drive-By Truckers – another band I absolutely adore – Isbell is today one of the most in-demand songwriters out there, having most recently broken more into the mainstream with his contribution to A Star is Born.
Ahead of new album Reunions from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, I thought I’d give you what are, in my opinion, the top 10 best Jason Isbell songs to date.
Do you agree, disagree, or perhaps you’ve never heard of Jason Isbell and you want to offer your thoughts on this introduction to him?
Listen to the podcast, read the list below, and let me know.
On the next episode
After that, we’ll see where we go with the lockdown still in effect. Oh, and of course you still need to meet my daughter, Ella, at some point.
My top 10 Jason Isbell songs are:
- Alabama Pines
- Super 8
- Something More Than Free
- Children of Children
- Last of my Kind
- Cover Me Up
- The Life You Chose
- 24 Frames
- Speed Trap Town