Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, The Ryman, August 17, 2013
When I was a kid there were only two places to dream about: Disneyland and The Ryman. The former is, of course, a manufactured commercial playground, but hey, we were children, and besides it was an unobtainable dream. The other was within our realm of possibility as we had family that lived an hour west of Nashville. With lunch baskets under my parents’ arms we would visit the Opry when the pull of family called.
Now it is a different call that often takes me to The Ryman. This past Saturday night was no exception. While Jason Isbell has long been on the music scene, first as a member of the Drive By Truckers and then as a solo artist beginning in 2007 with a string of albums under his own belt after he was unceremoniously booted out of the band.
Goddam Lonely Love
Tour of Duty
Cover Me Up
Never Gonna Change
Heart On A String
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking