Jason Isbell

Dublin Core


Jason Isbell


Lauderdale County, Alabama; Greenhill, Alabama; Jason Isbell; Alabama Musicians


(Michael) Jason Isbell, who was born on February 1st, 1979, in Greenhill, Alabama (two miles from the Alabama-Tennessee state line) is an Alabama musician and songwriter whose work very much embodies a distinctive sense of place.

He grew up in rural Alabama, attended Rogers (a school that serves kindergarten through grade twelve), and the University of Memphis.

Family members taught him to play musical instruments and he was playing professionally at the age of fourteen. Many local musicians, including David Hood, served as mentors to Isbell and he got a publishing deal with FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals when he was twenty-one years old.

He joined the Drive-by Truckers at the age of twenty-two and worked on their next three albums -- "Decoration Day" (2003), "The Dirty South," (2004), and "Blessing and Curse" (2006). Isbell was fired by the Drive-by Truckers in 2007. (The band members have remained friendly.)

Isbell formed a band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. made up of musicians (for the most part) from the Muscle Shoals area in 2009. They recorded and released two albums -- "Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit" (2009) and "Here We Rest" (2011).

"Southeastern," a solo album, was released in 2013 and was a critical success. Isbell won the 2014 Americana Music Awards for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and the song, "Cover Me," from the album was named song of the year.

"Something More Than Free," released on July 17, 2015 debuted at number one on Billboard Magazine's rock, folk, and country record charts.


Pam Kingsbury, University of North Alabama


Doyle, Patrick, "Jason Isbell's New Morning," Rolling Stone, August 7, 2015.

"Jason Isbell on Success after Excess," CBS "Sunday Morning," August 9th, 2015.


1979 to the present.


Pam Kingsbury, University of North Alabama