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JASON ISBELL - LIVE AT THE OPRY (Thirty Tigers Records)

While nothing beats a new album, I will for the moment settle for this superb wall-to-wall live recording from Country Americana act Jason Isbell and his band, the 400 Unit (electric lead guitar, drums, bass guitar, keyboards and drums). One that also  features the roving fiddle of his wife, and fellow recording act Amanda Shires. With Isbell feeling completely at home at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, himself and the combo aren’t afraid to push the buttons, and crank it up tastily. 

Formerly of the band Drive-By Truckers Isabell has in the past had his problems and, isn’t afraid to share them. Along side them and shrewd observations about everyday life and the state of the world make up the 13 song set. Songs high on the list include White Man’s World, Hope The High Road and with sensitive fiddle warming the introduction Flagship. On cranking it up he offers up sensational versions of material you could justifiably label as ‘best of Jason Isbell’s knockout tunes 24 Frames, Cumberland Gap, Last Of My Kind and Super 8; as he speaks of not wanting to die in one of their motels (because somebody’s evening didn’t go so well) are as good as it gets. Some artists would feel proud to have a couple of Isbell’s songs in their locker never mind the fistful of gems you have here. Hence, the listener has a number of tracks where they will be enticed to play the track again a couple of times before moving onto another killer! 

Among the songs where he either asks questions or digs into the mind Isbell has Elephant and Hope The High Road plus the seven minute epic aforementioned Last Of My Kind as he speaks of falling on hard times and those that are homeless before it’s time to close the show. Starting with impassioned and moody ode Cover Me Up (another track that lists one of the times he wished he hadn’t been the central figure). Then there’s the energy charged Super 8 and classic piece of writing if every there was If We Were Vampires. If confirmation was needed, it alone will put to bed any doubt of his incredible talent. As he looks at his own life and relationship with his wife, and of what the long term future might bring. It’s a beautifully penned number, and in its way, a unique piece that weaves an abundance of heartfelt lyrics. No matter one’s mood Live At The Opry offers something, and it is usually more than just good!

Maurice Hope

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December 2018
Malford Milligan
75 pts.
Life Will Humble You
Royal Family Records
JD McPherson
61 pts.
New West Records
Rosanne Cash
50 pts.
She Remembers Everything
Blue Note Records
Ad Vanderveen
45 pts.
I Was Hank William
Blue Rose Records
John Hiatt
44 pts.
The Eclipse Sessions
New West
The Yearlings
41 pts.
Lonely Sounds Records
Tip Jar
40 pts.
Nathan Bell
39 pts.
Loves Bones & Stars
Angry Stick Recording Co.
The Brother Brothers
38 pts.
Some People I Know
Compass Records
Richard Dobson
30 pts.
I Hear Singing
Brambus Records
Steve Forbert
29 pts.
The Magic Tree
Blue Rose Music
J.P. Harris
28 pts.
Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
Free Dirt Records
The Bottle Rockets
24 pts.
Bit Logic
Bloodshot Records
Rodney Crowell
23 pts.
Christmas Everywhere
New West
Christian Kjellvander
22 pts.
Wild Hxmans
Erin Costelo
21 pts.
Sweet Marie
Compass Records
Colter Wall
20 pts.
Songs of the Plains
Young Mary's Record
The Hillbenders
19 pts.
The Hillbenders
Compass Records
Eric Bibb
18 pts.
Global Griot
Stony Plain
Karine Polwart
18 pts.
Laws of Motion
Hudson Records
Carson McHone
17 pts.
Nine Mile Records
Malcolm Holcombe
17 pts.
Come Hell Or High Water
Gypsy Eyes Music
Ben Bedford
16 pts.
The Hermit's Spyglass
Cavalier Recordings
Craig Moreau
16 pts.
A Different Kind Of Train
David Olney
16 pts.
This Side Or The Other
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