Genre: Rock & Roll, Singer-Songwriter
Jason Isbell was born in 1979 in Greenhill, Alabama, and grew up in a family of musicians less than a stone's throw from the legendary music mecca of Muscle Shoals, AL. He played in bands and toyed around with songwriting for some time before joining emergent Alt-Country band Drive-By Truckers in 2001. Though he joined the band to fill in as an extra guitarist, Isbell’s songwriting quickly emerged as a major force in the band, garnering as much praise and attention as that of the group's founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. In 2007 Isbell left DBT to forge a solo career, and has since released four albums with his new band, 400 Unit, including Sirens of the Ditch and Here We Rest. On his 2013 solo album, Southeastern, Isbell digs deep, drawing on his personal relationships and experiences.
Special Guest: THE LONE BELLOW
Genre: Alt-Country, Folk Rock, Blues
Zach Williams, The Lone Bellow’s lead singer and principal songwriter, can pinpoint when the Brooklyn-based group serendipitously willed itself into being. It was in 2010 at Dizzy’s Diner in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where guitarist and Williams’ old friend Brian Elmquist was working a shift. Williams, up to then performing as a solo artist, needed a place to try out some new songs; for a scuffling artist, the diner was as good as any rehearsal space. He had asked fellow singer Kanene Pipkin to meet them at the diner and the trio did more than merely jam. With the beginnings of a repertoire and an already strong communal spirit, that day they became The Lone Bellow. As Williams recalls, “Three songs in, I realized I should quit what I’m doing and just make music with these people.” The group released its self-titled debut, produced by Charlie Peacock, in January 2013.