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Jason Isbell Proves He’s More Than Just a Trucker

AUSTIN: The southern rock tunesmith goes it alone, picking up a loyal caravan of fans along the way.

The former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell along with his group, The 400 Unit, found a very warm (and humid) welcome at Mohawk Tuesday night (Aug. 14). throughout his set of tough and tender tunes off his solo debut, Sirens of the Ditch. He threw in some much appreciated DBT covers, penned during his six years with the band, such as the lamenting southern rock song “Goddamn Lonely Love,” which was met with the cheers of almost an entire crowd mouthing the words.

Between requests for more whiskey with a southern draw (and a killer cover of Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer!”), Isbell blasted away with gritty guitars on the raucous “Try” and switched to acoustic guitar, strumming through the wounded words of “Dress Blues.” Prior to his set, Isbell helped out on guitar duties for who he called one of his favorite bands, Centro-Matic. The crowd was attentively wrapped up in their Texas-flavored indie rock. Memphis-born troubadour Micah P. Hinson also opened with a voice as deep and tragic as the well where he draws his soulful folk tunes.

We asked: Jason Isbell’s album is entitled Sirens of the Ditch, so in tribute, what would be your final words just before the sirens had brought your ship to crash upon the rocks?