Gather ‘Round for Jason Isbell Live @ CMT

This September, songwriter Jason Isbell won the Americana Music Association’s song of the year award for his ballad of dingy Southern motels, “Alabama Pines.” He usually leads his band, the 400 Unit, in concert, but shortly after the win he stopped by the CMT studio for a special solo performance. Leaving the band behind, Isbell presented four of his honest songs in their rawest form. “Tour of Duty,” “Dress Blues,” “Alabama Pines” and “Streetlights” brought an attentive hush over the small audience, like kids gathered around for storytime. A complete live album is on the way, but for now you can see what Isbell and his songs are made of on Live @ CMT.

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