by Robert Bell
JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT
9 p.m. Revolution. $12 adv., $14 d.o.s.
Ever since departing the Drive-By Truckers back in '07, singer, guitarist and songwriter Jason Isbell has wasted exactly no time in getting his solo career going. Since leaving the band, Isbell's notched three studio albums as well as a live one, and they've all been well received.
With his backing band The 400 Unit, Isbell's tunes still swing, but they've got more of a soulful country vibe in contrast to the Truckers' bruising, gritty sound. Isbell's latest, "Here We Rest," starts off with "Alabama Pines," a wistful ode to his homeland, and it ends with "Tour of Duty," a soldier's sigh-of-relief in the form of a homecoming song, replete with smartly drawn observations on all the comforts of home from someone who knows what it is to yearn for them from thousands of miles away.
In between, Isbell examines the lives of various weary and heartbroken souls doing their best to get by in a world that has changed and is changing faster all the time. That might sound like a downer, but the record is anything but.
Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass is a great choice for an opening act at this 18-and-older show.