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.