Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

The title of Jason Isbell's third solo album, Here We Rest, was taken from the first motto of his home state of Alabama, which was long-ago dropped in favor of something far more antagonistic. Though the phrase was originally meant to suggest an idyllic retreat from a troubled world, Isbell now uses it ironically, as characters in his new batch of finely observed story-songs struggle with fractured relationships, economic collapse, and returning uncertainly from war. Rest not only features some of the former Drive-By Trucker's most perceptive writing, Isbell's musical palette is broader, ranging from electric Southern-rock anthems to a New Orleans shuffle, slices of bluegrass and country, as well as a fine taste of shimmering, classic Muscle Shoals soul. With Maria Taylor.
Sat., May 28, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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