For the past six years, Jason Isbell has been known as one-third of the Drive-By Truckers’ formidable guitar attack. Now he wants to be known as something else: a solo artist.
That doesn’t exactly mean he has turned his back on being part of one of the most noted guitar Ghidorahs in rock. His latest album, Sirens of the Ditch, prominently displays Isbell’s signature sound on 11 tracks that show Tom Petty and John Fogerty influences.
From swampy blues to unabashedly operatic ballads, Isbell is a versatile songwriter dying to free himself from the Southern-rock trappings of the Truckers, and Sirens of the Ditch is his first step in that direction. Expect an energetic show with plenty of guitar heroics mixed with the ache of a country crooner.
“Dress Blues” (live) by Jason Isbell: