During Jason Isbell's six-year run with Drive-By Truckers, he contributed a great deal to the band’s song coffers. And yet during the last two and a half years that Isbell spent with the Truckers he was diverting a number of songs to a solo project he called Sirens of the Ditch, which he released after separating from his wife, DBT bassist Shonna Tucker, and leaving the Truckers for his solo path.
That was a little over three years ago. Isbell subsequently started his own band, the 400 Unit, and dug even deeper into his personal influences for the songs on his second solo outing and his first with his new band. He remains a soft-spoken, clean-cut and unlikely guitar hero whose first two albums and a stellar live presentation demonstrate that he's well on his way to being considered in the same breath as the band that brought him to prominence.
Isbell performs Friday for the free MidPoint Indie Summer show on Fountain Square. The show starts at 7 p.m. and also features Brighton MA, The Prohibitionists and Cash Flagg.
Get more Sound Advice on Isbell plus show and Square details here.