Josh Ritter, "Fever Breaks" (Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers)
Josh Ritter's "Fever Breaks" is a work of stacked marvels, the result of an auspicious collaboration with Jason Isbell — who...
Grammy-winning singer Jason Isbell brings new fest home
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama native Jason Isbell is bringing a new musical festival to the Shoals area.
The first-ever ShoalsFest is set for Oct. 5 and will feature performances by Isbell...
Todd Snider, "Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3" (Aimless/Thirty Tigers)
The microphone pops when Todd Snider delivers an especially emphatic lyric, and his chair creaks under the weight of his...
Poker, wife stealing and smoking with Willie Nelson
Review: Jason Isbell’s live album from the Ryman falls flat
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, "Live from the Ryman" (Southeastern)
Jason Isbell has been on a roll of late, finding sobriety, domestic bliss and fame and fortune, thanks to three consecutive fine albums and a crackerjack touring act that includes his wife, Amanda Shires.
Alas, all winning streaks come to an end. "Live from the Ryman" ranks as a disappointment, partly because Isbell's previous work set the artistic bar so high.
Benefit concert set at Alabama university hit by twister
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama university that was struck by a tornado earlier this year is preparing for a benefit concert to help with the recovery.
The country music group Alabama will headline a show at Jacksonville State University on Wednesday night with the goal of helping rebuild the campus about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of Birmingham.
Alabama lead singer Randy Owen is a graduate of Jacksonville State and serves as a university trustee.
Buddhism professor on probation charged with assault
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A University of Montana associate professor of Buddhism and yoga is charged with misdemeanor assault for reportedly punching a bouncer at a country music concert.
Isbell wins 3 Americana Awards; Prine is artist of the year
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Folk singer-songwriter John Prine won artist of the year for the second time in a row at the Americana Music Honors and Awards on Wednesday, while Jason Isbell took home three awards, including album of the year.
Considered a leader of the Americana genre, Prine released "Tree of Forgiveness" this year, his first collection of new material in 13 years. He owns his own record label in Nashville and mails his records straight to fans.
The Latest: Prine wins artist of the year Americana award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards, which is being presented at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium (all times local):
Folk singer-songwriter John Prine won artist of the year for the second time in a row at the Americana Music Honors and Awards on Wednesday, while Jason Isbell took home three awards, including album of the year.
Governor to hand out tourism industry awards
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey will present tourism industry awards on Monday.
Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell said more than 250 industry professionals are expected to attend in Montgomery from Sunday through Tuesday.
Review: ‘To the Sunset’ is Amanda Shires’ best album yet
Amanda Shires, "To the Sunset" (Silver Knife/Thirty Tigers)
The start of Amanda Shires' new album sounds like a spin of the dial on an old radio struggling to find a station amid the static. Will it be country music? Pop? Rock? Or maybe something from outer space, which inspired the lyrics to the first song.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jason Isbell leads the nominees for the Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards with nominations in four categories, thanks to his critically acclaimed album "The Nashville Sound," which earned him two Grammy Awards earlier this year.
Also among the nominations announced Tuesday are country singer Margo Price and folk singer Brandi Carlile, who each got nods for artist, song and album of the year.
John Prine, "Tree of Forgiveness" (Oh Boy Records)
John Prine thinks about things. And when John Prine thinks about things, people want to hear what he has to say.
That's why Prine will never join some past-their-prime legends who flounder as they try to recapture old magic. The way his brain works is just too interesting.
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit to play Jacobs Pavilion in July
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit will perform Wednesday, July 25, at Jacobs Pavilion, 2014 Sycamore St., Cleveland.
• Gospel Night, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, Ashland. At Gospel Night, choirs and individual singers from African-American churches throughout the Tri-State will sing the songs that have inspired generations of Americans.
• Steven Curtis Chapman, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland. Tickets, $20-$73.
See one of tonight’s Grammy winners — Jason Isbell — Monday at Heinz Hall
Want to see one of Sunday night's Grammy winners? Well, you'll get a chance Monday night went Jason Isbell performs at Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall.
Isbell and the 400 Unit added to their other Grammys with the award for best American roots song for "If We Were Vampires" from "The Nashville Sound." Isbell previously won the award in 2015 for "24 Frames" and best Americana album the same year for "Something More Than Free."
Life is clearly good for Jason Isbell. Since embracing sobriety five years ago, his career has seen an upward trajectory with a string of critically and commercially acclaimed albums that have won him Grammys and Americana Music Honors & Awards.
Isbell's personal life has blossomed as well. He and Amanda Shires were married by fellow musician Todd Snider in February 2013, and the couple's daughter, Mercy Rose, was born on Sept. 1, 2015. The guy even gave up smoking several months ago.
Stapleton, Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse lead Forecastle lineup
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse lead the lineup for the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, along with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Houndmouth and The War on Drugs.
The July 13-15 music festival held on Waterfront Park on the banks of the Ohio River is in its 16th year. Weekend passes go on sale on Friday, Jan. 19.
O Christmas tree! Storm topples Tennessee’s holiday spruce
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — O Christmas Tree! A Grinch of a storm has toppled the official holiday spruce in Tennessee's capital city.
Area media outlets report that Nashville's 40-foot (12-meter) Norway spruce was toppled overnight, with officials blaming a combination of wind, rain and possibly a defective anchor.
Tree lightings set for Tennessee Capitol, Nashville square
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's Christmas tree lighting season on Tennessee.
Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to turn on the lights on the tree set up outside the state Capitol on Monday evening.
The Tennessean reports that the 35-foot (11-meter) tree was donated by the Mazzo family in Burns.
Behind the Scenes: High Water, boat show, The Fringe and a film fest
High Water Festival lineup is here
The High Water Festival, a successful outdoor music festival organized by husband and wife music duo Shovels & Rope last April, is returning this year with another stacked lineup.
Van Morrison, Graham Nash to perform at Americana Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Van Morrison, Graham Nash, John Prine, the Drive-by Truckers and The Lumineers will perform on the Americana Honors and Awards show on Sept. 13.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Musicians are offering a reward for information about a burglary at a popular music venue in Georgia.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A burglary at a popular music venue in Georgia has rallied prominent musicians to provide a reward.
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
What: Grammy winner Jason Isbell (rock/country-roots) will take the stage at North Charleston Performing Arts Center with his band, The 400 Unit, and opener Strand of Oaks (alternative folk/indie rock).
When: 8 p.m.
Where: North Charleston PAC, 5001 Coliseum Drive
More Info: Click here.
W hen alt-country mainstay Jason Isbell decides to write a love song, odds are you’re not getting any of the usual hearts and flowers. What you’ll get is a song like “If We Were Vampires” (from his new album, “The Nashville Sound”) — a song admitting that he and his partner aren’t immortal and that they only have a certain number of years to spend together.
The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store
iTunes Official Music Charts for the week ending June 22, 2017:
1Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber),Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
2Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller), DJ Khaled
NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Isbell was motivated on his breakthrough 2013 album "Southeastern" to tell his story about quitting drinking and turning his life around. He was driven on the 2015 follow-up, "Something More Than Free," to prove newfound success wasn't a fluke.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, "The Nashville Sound" (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers)
In the hands of an ordinary songwriter, "Anxiety" would be an ordinary song.
But when the writer is Jason Isbell, arguably the finest songwriter putting pen to paper these days, the song changes tempo and builds to an angsty, gnarling crescendo, all in unspoken support of lyrics about being anxious when you should be happy.
A decade ago, an idea circulated through the music industry: Big concert venues were doomed. Many thought old superstars would die off or quit the business and younger acts wouldn’t cultivate fan bases to replace them. The idea was wrong on multiple levels.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning country singer Sturgill Simpson leads the Americana Honors and Awards nominees with three nominations, including album, artist and song of the year.
The Americana Music Association announced the nominees Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee. The 16th annual awards show will be held Sept. 13 at the Ryman Auditorium.
NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan are set to perform on a tour based on the country icon's curated Outlaw Music Festival.
Blackbird Presents and Nelson announced Tuesday that the Outlaw Music Festival Tour will play six cities, including New Orleans and Dallas, from July 1 to July 16.
Willie Nelson & Family will play each night, while Dylan and His Band will perform July 8 in Detroit and July 9 in Milwaukee.
Jason Isbell announces show at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The two-time Grammy Award-winning Americana artist will stop in North Charleston this summer, playing with his band The 400 Unit.
The band will perform at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center with special guests Strand of Oaks on Sunday, July 23.
Tickets will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. The cost is $39.50-$49.50 plus applicable fees.
Rachel Laven begins month-long Liberty Bar residency on Tuesday
SAN ANTONIO — Homegrown singer-songwriter Rachel Laven, who last year released the superb country-folk and outlaw-country album, “Love & Luccheses” and was one of the winners of the Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious Grassy Hill New Folk award, begins a monthlong residency at Liberty Bar in Southtown on Tuesday.
Mandolin whiz Thile brings younger crowd to ‘Prairie Home’
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mandolin whiz Chris Thile (THEEL'-ee) says he still feels "like a kid in a candy store" taking over as host of the long-running public radio show "A Prairie Home Companion."
Avett Brothers to play 2 shows at 2017 Savannah Music Fest
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Avett Brothers will headline two shows at the 2017 Savannah Music Festival.
Organizers have announced the lineup for next year's 17-day festival, which features dozens of concerts ranging from rock and jazz to classical and bluegrass.
Music Review: Matt Hires shines as he takes on demons
Matt Hires, "American Wilderness" (Rock Ridge Music)
Matt Hires wrestles with negativity — and has a knack for dark, cutting turns of phrase.
"In the wilderness," he sings with serrated fury, "yeah, you're bound to fall, when you can't tell the difference between a chapel and a shopping mall."
"American Wilderness" proves that Hires has much to say — and a rocking way of saying it. He's grappling with demons against a passionate, adrenaline-fueled backdrop.
Jason Isbell extends legacy at Americana Honors and Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer songwriter Jason Isbell won album of the year and song of the year at the 2016 Americana Honors and Awards show, extending his legacy as the star of Americana music.
Since launching his solo career after years with the Drive-By Truckers, Isbell has been racking up both critical acclaim as well as Americana and Grammy awards with his Southern rock albums. He won Wednesday night for his album "Something More Than Free," and his song, "24 Frames."
Music Review: Amanda Shires explores the meaning of home
Amanda Shires, "My Piece of Land" (BMG)
Amanda Shires has a fine sense of humor, which may be why a single measure at the start of "My Piece of Land" is propelled by handclaps. They seem odd and out of place, but funny.
Soon enough we're on to the main attraction, which is Shires' voice — a distinctive, delicate alto with an uncanny quaver that punctuates the end of a phrase. Her approach is bend but don't break, like a good NFL defense.