Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit w/Andrew CombsPop/Rock
We Southerners have been rethinking our collective identity for the past 150 years, a difficult task reflected in the work of our native songwriters. Jason Isbell, born just outside Muscle Shoals in Greenhill, Ala., exemplifies with style and grace how country, R&B and their offspring, rock ’n’ roll, can be fused together by modern players, paving a way forward for our traditions. A recent transplant to Nashville, Isbell sings with some twang and grit, but his delivery is more refined and reserved than gravel-throated peers like Lucero’s Ben Nichols or even Patterson Hood, Isbell’s former bandmate in Drive-By Truckers. Andrew Combs, also a newcomer to Music City by way of Dallas, Tex., mines a similar vein with his self-described “country soul swag.” On his new, critically acclaimed full-length, Worried Man, Combs is backed by Steelism, the excellent recording and touring band whose members also play with Rayland Baxter and Caitlin Rose; Rose also adds vocal harmonies to several of the tunes.
The Mercy Lounge
Show: 8:00 PM
18 and over