13 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While touring 2017’s The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell took a six-night victory lap at his adopted city’s famed Ryman Auditorium. The resultant 13-track live album moves through a selection culled from 2013’s Southeastern, 2015’s Something More Than Free, and his 2017 LP. Isbell’s energetic stage presence radiates throughout charging tracks like “Hope the High Road,” “Cumberland Gap,” and “Super 8,” but the project’s standouts take place in the strikingly poignant moments with his wife, violinist and singer-songwriter Amanda Shires. Across “White Man’s World” and “Elephant,” she elevates and at times escalates each song’s beating heart, infusing the latter’s ode to a dying friend with a plaintive pull. Isbell and Shires regularly produce soaring solos, but on “Flagship,” their partnership truly shines. Promising not to let their love fall prey to time or indifference or life’s hectic nature, Isbell sings, “We’ll call ourselves the flagship of the fleet,” while Shires softly harmonizes with him. Her violin’s reassuring melody line keeps pace with every pledge he makes. Isbell has proven himself to be a songwriting force, but this valedictory collection zooms out to reveal a more tender picture about what keeps him inspired.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

While touring 2017’s The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell took a six-night victory lap at his adopted city’s famed Ryman Auditorium. The resultant 13-track live album moves through a selection culled from 2013’s Southeastern, 2015’s Something More Than Free, and his 2017 LP. Isbell’s energetic stage presence radiates throughout charging tracks like “Hope the High Road,” “Cumberland Gap,” and “Super 8,” but the project’s standouts take place in the strikingly poignant moments with his wife, violinist and singer-songwriter Amanda Shires. Across “White Man’s World” and “Elephant,” she elevates and at times escalates each song’s beating heart, infusing the latter’s ode to a dying friend with a plaintive pull. Isbell and Shires regularly produce soaring solos, but on “Flagship,” their partnership truly shines. Promising not to let their love fall prey to time or indifference or life’s hectic nature, Isbell sings, “We’ll call ourselves the flagship of the fleet,” while Shires softly harmonizes with him. Her violin’s reassuring melody line keeps pace with every pledge he makes. Isbell has proven himself to be a songwriting force, but this valedictory collection zooms out to reveal a more tender picture about what keeps him inspired.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

eotuel ,

Live!

If you have never seen Isbell live, you should. Put it on your bucket list. Puts on a GREAT performance everytime!

RScheltinga ,

Isbell Live

If you have never experienced it live, do yourself a favor, my friends...

elkabong2017 ,

Great live performer

I've seen Jason Isbell live and he is a great performer and the sound quality was excellent. Sound quality is disappointing on this disc....it's lacking a certain warmth...sounds kind of cavernous unfortunately.

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