Jason Isbell was a key member of Southern-rock group Drive-By Truckers. He then struck out on his own as a solo performer, and he’s been riding high on critical acclaim for last year’s solo album, “Southeastern,” which has been described as his “Blood on the Tracks” or “Tunnel of Love” in its searing intimacy and stripped-down intensity. The album garnered Isbell nominations for Best Song, Best Album, and Artist of the Year from the Americana Music. NPR rock critic Ken Tucker and American Songwriter magazine called it the best album of 2013.
Formerly a member of the alt-country-rock band, Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell’s solo career is flourishing in the wake of Southeastern - a record he released last year which is nominated for Best Song, Best Album, and Artist of the year for 2014 from the Americana Music Association’s Honors & Awards. Rock critic Ken Tucker named Southeastern his #1 Album of 2013. It also made NPR and Amazon’s Best of 2013 lists and was American Songwriter’s #1 album.
Jason Isbell is performing tonight at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA at 8pm.
Here we speak with him about how he writes songs, working with producer Dave Cobb, and sobriety on the road.
There was a lot going on – a lot to see, a lot to hear, a lot to process all at once – onstage at the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow last night, where “Chalk and Soot” by Dance Heginbotham and Brooklyn Rider, featuring Shara Worden and Gabriel Kahane, had its world premiere performance.
The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival is underway at MASS MoCA in North Adams for the 13th year. This year, the Festival culminates with an 8-day new music extravaganza called "Bang on a Can Plays Art" from July 26 through August 2. Fourteen concerts over this 8-day period will draw inspiration from the visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA.
Sam Green is an Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker.
For his most recent film, The Measure of All Things, he was inspired by our collective fascination with The Guinness Book of World Records and traveled across the world to gather footage of record-holding (and nearly record-holding) people and places. The result is a fascinating “live documentary” film and performance featuring video, Green’s live narration and an original live score composed and performed by indie-classical chamber ensemble yMusic.
This special live-documentary experience will be presented at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA this Saturday at 8:30pm.
About 5,000 people are expected to turn out for the Beck concert at MASS MoCA in North Adams Tuesday. It’s the latest proof that the art museum has become a key performance venue in the region.
Beck Hansen, an artist who rose to fame in the 1990s, is well known for his wide range of music styles. As such, the crowd he attracts fits right in with the mission of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, according to director Joseph Thompson.
Formed in 2008, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player, drummer and composer Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound -- a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop.
Red Baraat will play MASS MoCA’s 15th Anniversary Party this Saturday in North Adams, MA and Sunny Jain joins us to talk about the show, the band, and his upcoming NPR Music/Make Music New York event in June.
There will be dazzling art, live Bhangra funk dance music with house favorite Red Baraat (who will be featured on our show tomorrow), fresh jams from legendary DJ Rekha, pop-up performers you know and love, fun food truck fare, beer and creative cocktails, and a champagne toast.
Here to tell us more are our pals– MASS MoCA’s Director, Joe Thompson and their Director of Communications, Jodi Joseph.
Painter Darren Waterston's installation Filthy Lucre is the centerpiece of Uncertain Beauty, his new exhibition at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA (on view through January 2015). It is a contemporary re-imagining of James McNeill Whistler's 1876 decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room.
A soundscape featuring voice and cello composed by the New York-based trio BETTY can be heard intermittently through the space, punctuating the silence with hauntingly beautiful reverberations.