Wednesday To-Do: Dawes, Jason Isbell | Rock Candy

Wednesday To-Do: Dawes, Jason Isbell


Jason Isbell plays at Revolution Wednesday night.
  • Jason Isbell plays at Revolution Wednesday night.

9 p.m. Revolution. $14 adv., $16 day of.

Jason Isbell's newest album, "Southeastern," is incredible, there's just no other way I can put it. Opener "Cover Me Up" is the most sweetly, subtly devastating thing I've heard in ages. "Traveling Alone," with its instantly memorable, endearing chorus, is destined to be included on thousands of mixtapes exchanged between sweethearts.

The album was completed after Isbell quit drinking and married fiddle player Amanda Shires. The opening lines of the murder ballad "Live Oak," might not specifically refer to his recent sobriety, but they're brilliantly spare and fitting regardless: "There's a man who walks beside me, he is who I used to be/And I wonder if she sees him and confuses him with me." For a more direct examination of his rough 'n' tumble former ways, check out the rollicking "Super 8," with its chorus' refrain, "I don't wanna die in a Super 8 motel / Just because somebody's evening didn't go so well."

Great stuff start to finish, and I bet it sounds incredible live. Headlining this show will be California folk-rockers Dawes.

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