Jason Isbell, the singer and songwriter who was once in Drive-By-Truckers, launched his solo career in 2007. Born in 1979, this rising country star delivers songs that offer both melancholic, redemptive themes and catchy, rootsy Southern charm.
Isbell was raised in rural Alabama in a music-loving family. Music was an integral part of his education and social life; he played throughout high school and university in a number of different country cover bands. At the age of 21 he joined up with the band Drive-By-Truckers, where he would stay for the next 6 years. Isbell made crucial contributions to their songs — including writing many of them — and helped the band find commercial and critical success.
The singer-songwriter left the bend to find his own path in 2007 when he released his first solo album, “Sirens of the Ditch.” This deeply Southern record infused conventional country sounds with inflections of both blues and punk music. Forming a backing band (the 400 Unit), Isbell hit the road for a busy year of touring. After recording in the studio for much of 2008, Isbell released “Jasoon Isbell and the 400 Unit” in 2009. This time around, the singer’ music was heartfelt and sentimental, sounding somewhat like Muscle Schoals.