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Jason Isbell covers Todd Snider for XPN’s Copy That

Jason Isbell at WXPN | Photo by Eric Schuman
Jason Isbell at WXPN | Photo by Eric Schuman

Every week, we invite an artist to our studio to play a cover tune live on the air for a little thing we call Copy That. This week, we were joined by one of our favorite singer-songwriters: Jason Isbell. Following the release of his new album, Something More Than Free, and hot off a set at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Jason joined me in the studio to talk about his new (chart-topping!) record, as well as the lasting impact of Bob Dylan’s performance at Newport in 1965. Jason caps off the visit with a rousing performance of Todd Snider’s “Play A Train Song” (which has also been covered in the past by Robert Earl Keen). Check out the performance and interview below, plus hear his performance at Newport via NPR Music. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jason Isbell at Electric Factory, Saintseneca at Millworks, The Appleseed Cast at Johnny Brenda’s

Jason Isbell | Photo by Michael Wilson
Jason Isbell | Photo by Michael Wilson

Alternative country musician Jason Isbell will perform at the Electric Factory this evening with Blake Mills. Isbell played Newport Folk Festival this past weekend, performing tracks from his latest release Something More Than Free and from 2013′s Southeastern as well. The set was an upbeat crowd-pleaser, and we’re looking forward to an equally memorable experience tonight! Listen below, and grab tickets here. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch Bob Dylan sing on David Letterman’s penultimate show, & See Jason Isbell perform “The Thrill is Gone” in tribute to B.B. King.

Gus Stewart/Redferns via Getty Images
Gus Stewart/Redferns via Getty Images

With the clock winding down on The Late Show with David Letterman, Bob Dylan made a rare television appearance last night, appearing on the show to sing “The Night We Called It a Day,” from his latest album “Shadows in the Night.” Watch. Continue reading →

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Jason Isbell brings new record to The Mann’s Skyline Stage this summer

Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Jason Isbell has announced a summer tour that includes a stop at The Mann‘s Skyline Stage on July 29th. The string of dates coincides with the release of Isbell’s fifth solo record Something More Than Free, which follows up 2013′s acclaimed Southeastern LP. Tickets and information for the all-ages, outdoor concert will be available here on May 8th. Revisit his sold-out Keswick performance from earlier this year here, watch him perform “Cover Me Up” live at Austin City Limits, and listen to a new song, “24 Frames” below.

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Closing In On Perfection: Jason Isbell plays a sold-out Keswick Theatre

Jason Isbell | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Jason Isbell | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

It’s been interesting following Jason Isbell on his journey through his breakthrough album Southeastern. Just before the release, I caught him late one night in a sparsely-filled upstairs at the World Cafe for the NON-COMMvention. He played solo, and when he started his set the chatter at the bar was louder than the song itself. He got a certain hard look in his eyes, and belted out the chorus to the then unreleased “Cover Me Up.” Lights flickered. It got everyone’s attention. And the songs on Southeastern and subsequent performances with his exceptional band the 400 Unit have been doing so ever since. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Natalie Prass at Boot & Saddle, Branford Marsalis at Zellerbach Theater, Jason Isbell at the Keswick

Natalie Prass
Natalie Prass | photo via www.facebook.com/natalieprass

Natalie Prass brings her debut LP to Boot & Saddle tonight. You might recognize her as the keyboard player on Jenny Lewis’s tour last year, but this first offering from the Cleveborn singer-songwriter shows her talents reach much further than piano. Her “Bird of Prey” single was XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week back in January, its playful yet self-assured arrangements of horns and strings buoying Prass’s up close and personal vocals. Listen to the song below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show with Lady Lady here.
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