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In Studio: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Friday, April 22, 2011

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Jason Isbell named his band, The 400 Unit, after an Alabama hospital's psychiatric ward. The former Drive-By Trucker's newest album with the band, "Here We Rest," has yet another Alabama connection -- the title was the state's first motto. The band joins us in studio to play tracks and talk about the state they call home. 

Guests:

Jason Isbell

Comments [5]

Brian from DC

I grew up a few minutes down the road from FAME studios and have only in the more recent years come to truly appreciate the locals. (Jason Isbell, DBT, etc.) I guess it takes moving away from home to really gain the true appreciation for the music that's coming out of the region. To me, the biggest shame is that while the region is a huge attraction for bands to record, the actual local music scene isn't that great. Jason is the exception in that he actually does play shows back home, but a lot of other artists simply don't do it. The bar scenes in downtown Florence, Tuscumbia, and Sheffield are shrinking by the year.

Apr. 23 2011 01:14 PM

I'm from the South too and this music touches my heart. Nothing can touch the music you can find in the South...well...the south just has better music than the north!

Apr. 22 2011 11:48 PM
suebethramirez from oregon

Can't wait til June 15th when the'll play the Doug Fir in Portland, OR! Trying to get them booked at kink.fm 's Bing performance lounge.

Apr. 22 2011 04:15 PM
Margaret Maloney from 23rd Street and Broadway, Manhattan

I am sitting here in the Flatiron looking out at Madison Square Park and crying because "Alabama Pines" is making me homesick. I don't think I've ever been homesick in New York before. I haven't lived in Alabama in almost a decade. But goddamn if that didn't do it right there.

Apr. 22 2011 02:54 PM
AC from DUMBO, BK

This is great music! I am loving it. And Muscle Shoals is vital to music!! Thinking about Ahmet Ertegun taking his acts down there gotta love it!

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1437161

Apr. 22 2011 02:42 PM

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