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Jason Isbell

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Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell was established as a force when his old band, Drive-By Truckers, made a name for itself years ago. Unfortunately, his rise accompanied a descent into addiction. He battled it for years before carefully turning over a new leaf — a struggle and pursuit he chronicles beautifully on his new solo album, Southeastern. There, Isbell sheds a few layers of clothing and skin in order to bare an earnest, sober soul. Part repentance, part damn good songwriting, the disc doesn’t lack high points. But “Live Oak” is where the complexity of surmounting addiction comes to a head. The opening lines alone are enough to slay: “There’s a man who walks beside me and he’s who I used to be / I wonder if she sees him and confuses him with me.” –Kim Ruehl,

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