Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit perform in October 2019 at the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
It was the late Wade Jessen who first told me that country is a cyclical genre. Jessen worked in Billboard magazine’s Nashville office and was a walking encyclopedia when it came to music. One thing he said that I took to heart: Country styles come and go and, in time, they come around again.
Near the close of the career-spanning set Jason Isbell delivered at a sold-out Ryman Auditorium on October 18, 2019, the musician, supported by his agile, five-piece backing band the 400 Unit, knuckles into “Super 8,” a tragi-comic rock tune fueled by some of the group’s most lubricated riffs.
At the center of every Miranda Lambert song is a distinctive young woman — often wild, sometimes vulnerable, occasionally crazy. This girl is always true to herself, no matter how sloppy her tale or bumpy the ride. Much like Lambert herself, she wears her heart on her sleeve and is very hard not to love back.