JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT’S “WHAT’VE I DONE TO HELP” DEBUTS TODAY
NEW ALBUM REUNIONS OUT MAY 15 TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit’s new song, “What’ve I Done To Help,” is debuting today. Listen/share HERE.
The song is the latest unveiled from Isbell’s highly anticipated new album, Reunions, which will be released May 15 via Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers (pre-order here).
Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, the album features 10 new songs written by Isbell including album track, “Be Afraid,” which was released last month.
Reunions is Isbell’s seventh full-length studio album and the fourth released with his band, the 400 Unit: Derry deBorja (piano, keyboard, organ, omnichord), Chad Gamble (drums, tambourine), Jimbo Hart (bass), Amanda Shires (fiddle) and Sadler Vaden (acoustic guitar, electric guitar). The new album also includes background vocals from special guests David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Byrds) and Jay Buchanan (Rival Sons).
Of the release, Isbell shares, “There are a lot of ghosts on this album. Sometimes the songs are about the ghosts of people who aren’t around anymore, but they’re also about who I used to be, the ghost of myself. I found myself writing songs that I wanted to write fifteen years ago, but in those days, I hadn’t written enough songs to know how to do it yet. Just now have I been able to pull it off to my own satisfaction. In that sense it’s a reunion with the me I was back then.” In celebration of the album, the band will tour extensively throughout 2020 including stops at Philadelphia’s Met Opera House, New York’s Rooftop at Pier 17 (two nights), Atlanta’s The Coca-Cola Roxy (two nights), Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, San Francisco’s The Warfield Theatre (two nights), Los Angeles’ The Greek Theatre, Morrison’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Austin’s ACL Live at the Moody Theater (two nights) among several others. See below for complete details.
Originally from Green Hill, Alabama and now based in Nashville, Isbell is a four-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist and is widely renowned as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation. Garnering immense critical acclaim throughout his career, NPR Music calls him, “one of the finest singer-songwriters working at the intersection of folk, country and rock today,” and continues, “his songs have an exquisite, rawboned realism and deeply embedded class-consciousness,” while American Songwriter declares, “There’s no better songwriter on the planet at this moment, no one operating with the same depth, eloquence or feeling” and USA Today proclaims, “he has developed into one of the great American songwriters…in a world where most pop songs are lies, Isbell is determined to find truth.” Since the release of his breakthrough solo album, Southeastern, in 2013, Isbell has won four GRAMMY Awards, nine Americana Music Association Awards and was selected as the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s official 2017 Artist-in-Residence. Most recently, Isbell became a member of the acclaimed collaborative movement The Highwomen (fronted by fellow members Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires) and wrote “Maybe It’s Time”—featured in the award-winning 2018 film, A Star Is Born.
REUNIONS TRACK LIST 1. What’ve I Done To Help 2. Dreamsicle 3. Only Children 4. Overseas 5. Running With Our Eyes Closed 6. River 7. Be Afraid 8. St. Peter’s Autograph 9. It Gets Easier 10. Letting You Go
JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT CONFIRMED TOUR DATES March 26—Savannah, GA—Savannah Music Festival March 27—St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre* March 28—Mobile, AL—Saenger Theatre March 29—Montgomery, AL—Montgomery Performing Arts Center May 22—Boston, MA—Boston Calling May 28—Akron, OH—Akron Civic Theatre† May 29—Bethel, NY—Mountain Jam May 30—Canandaigua, NY—Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts‡ June 3—Philadelphia, PA—Met Opera House# June 4—Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap+ June 5—New York, NY—Rooftop at Pier 17+ June 6—New York, NY—Rooftop at Pier 17+ June 8—Durham, NC—Durham Performing Arts Center^ June 9—Durham, NC—Durham Performing Arts Center^ June 11—Atlanta, GA—The Coca-Cola Roxy# June 12—Atlanta, GA—The Coca-Cola Roxy# June 13—Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo June 18—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater# June 19—Minneapolis, MN—The Armory# June 20—East Moline, IL—Rust Belt# June 21—St. Louis, MO—The Stifel Theatre# June 23—Grand Rapids, MI—DeVos Performance Hall# June 25—Toronto, ON—Meridian Hall# June 26—Moon Township, PA—UPMC Events Center# June 27—Williamsburg, VA—Williamsburg Live at DeWitt Museum Lawn June 28—Boone, NC—Schafer Center for the Performing Arts July 18-19—Whitefish, MT—Under The Big Sky Festival July 20—Vancouver, BC—The Orpheum§ July 21—Seattle, WA—Paramount Theatre§ July 22—Portland, OR—Theater of the Clouds§ July 24—San Francisco, CA—The Warfield Theatre§ July 25—San Francisco, CA—The Warfield Theatre§ July 26—Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl§ July 28—San Diego, CA—Humphreys Concerts By The Bay§ July 29—Los Angeles, CA—The Greek Theatre§ July 31—Reno, NV—Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort§ August 1—Salt Lake City, UT—Eccles Theater§ August 2—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks** August 4—Bonner Springs, KS—Providence Medical Center Amphitheater§ August 5—Little Rock, AR—First Security Amphitheater§ August 7—Austin, TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theater§ August 8—Austin TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theater§ August 9—Dallas, TX—Bomb Factory§ August 22-23—Lexington, KY—Railbird Festival August 29—Chicago, IL—Wrigley Field†† September 11-13—Bristol, TN—Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion November 6—Oslo, Norway—Spektrum‡‡ November 7—Stockholm, Sweden—Stockholm Waterfront‡‡ November 8—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega‡‡ November 10—Berlin, Germany—Festsaal Kreuzberg ‡‡ November 11—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso‡‡ November 12—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso‡‡ November 14—Antwerp, Belgium—De Roma‡‡ November 15—Koln, Germany—Gloria‡‡ November 17—London, UK—Eventim Apollo‡‡ November 18—Manchester, UK—Albert Hall‡‡ November 19—Dublin, Ireland—Olympia Theatre‡‡ *with Old Crow Medicine Show †with Hiss Golden Messenger ‡supporting Trey Anastasio Band #with Strand of Oaks +with David Crosby & Friends ^with The War & Treaty §with Billy Strings **with Lucinda Williams ††supporting Chris Stapleton ‡‡with The Rails
photo credit: Alysse Gafkjen