“Now I know you’ll be fine on your own, and your families all need you at home…” Is “To a Band That I Loved” written for the Drive-By Truckers? Maybe. Probably. And I suppose that might make a lot of people sad. But I for one am overjoyed that Jason Isbell walked away from a band that was bigger than he’ll ever be as a solo artist because, goddamn, he has a lot to say. I’ve loved every one of his solo albums, and his latest is no exception. If this isn’t one of the best albums of 2015, then we’re in for a tremendous year.
He’s only offering one song as a sample, which is too bad because the entire album is essential listening. To make up for it, I’ve included a video of him covering one of my favorite artists of all time…Van Morrison. And just to make things even, I’ve added a cover of Jason’s own material—Coedine is an awesome song.