Jason Isbell is the best songwriter this side of Bob Dylan

"The Nashville Sound" by Jason and the 400 Unit. (Photo: Submitted) Like previous releases this from Chris Stapleton and Angaleena Presley , Jason is actively joining the music revolution. The tongue-in-cheek title of his album, “The Nashville Sound,” is the opening salvo. That phrase has to represent much of what Music Row is putting out these days: the overproduced sheen of twang-pop songs and the embarrassingly backwards bro-country tunes that masquerade as southern rock — all of them simply imitating their parent genre through the use of shallow country music tropes. “ He’s far from a mainstream country artist his songs are truer to real country music than typical Music Row fare. ” — Brian Passey, Backbeat By contrast, Isbell’s “Nashville Sound” has none of that. He’s far from a mainstream country artist but his songs are truer to real country music than typical Music Row fare. Take “Tupelo,” where the Dolly Parton-like backing vocals of his wife, Amanda Shires, give a salt-of-the-earth resonance to the track. Isbell’s band, the 400 Unit, an album credit with the singer- for the first time since 2011’s “Here We Rest.” His previous […]

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