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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wednesday To-Do: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

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JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. 

Even though he's got two solo albums under his belt and two years have passed, Jason Isbell is still probably best remembered as a former guitarist/singer/songwriter with Southern rock heroes the Drive-By Truckers. His split with the band was, by all accounts, amicable. Isbell just wanted to do his own thing. His first two records, “Sirens of the Ditch” and his recent eponymous album, credited to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, both suggest he made the right move. Each features literate songwriting that meditates on grand themes like war, small towns and women. Isbell typically uses his rich baritone in country-rock arrangements, but the Alabama native (just outside of Muscle Shoals) knows a thing or two about blue-eyed soul, too. At the band's first Sticky Fingerz show it even launched into an impressively spot-on cover of Joy Division's “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” How's that for range? Steve's son, Justin Townes Earle, opens.

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