Sadler Vaden

Hodge, Podge, Strained Through a Leslie: Sadler Vaden is Getting Out There Guitarist Sadler Vaden has been a member of Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit since 2013. He’s part of the Grammy-winning team that made 2015’s Something More Than Free and the band’s 2017 album The Nashville Sound, both of which earned Best Americana Album awards… Continue reading Sadler Vaden

Jason Isbell Reunites with Ghosts of His Past

Out May 15 via Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers, Reunions is Jason Isbell’s seventh full-length studio album and fourth with his band the 400 Unit: Derry deBorgia (keys), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (percussion), Sadler Vaden (guitars) and Amanda Shires (fiddle). Produced in Nashville by the superhuman Dave Cobb, it assembles 10 new original songs by Isbell,… Continue reading Jason Isbell Reunites with Ghosts of His Past

Sadler Vaden Wants to Get Next to You

Sadler Vaden first came to our attention with his Charleston, South Carolina power trio Leslie. Later on, his guitar prowess played a big role in revitalizing Drivin’ N Cryin’ in the first few years of this decade. Since then he’s been a key member of Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit. He also released a damn good… Continue reading Sadler Vaden Wants to Get Next to You

Drivin N Cryin – Live the Love Beautiful

Drivin N Cryin are one of the most consistent bands I’ve ever followed. And yet, like each of their shows is unique, every Drivin N Cryin album has its own personality. Early on, especially during their Island Records years, this seemed to be dependent as much on whatever producer they were paired with as anything… Continue reading Drivin N Cryin – Live the Love Beautiful

Amanda Shires

Put a Bow On It: Bobby Moore Talks to Amanda Shires About John Prine, the Texas Playboys and Other Stuff That Doesn’t Have Much to Do With Her New Album (Which is Great, BTW) Amanda Shires and her husband Jason Isbell come across as funny and interesting people. Even if you don’t jive with their… Continue reading Amanda Shires

Need a Light? Ask Blackberry Smoke

Atlanta’s best Southern rock export in ages, Blackberry Smoke, recently shared details on forthcoming studio album Find a Light. The follow-up to 2016’s Like an Arrow arrives April 6 via Earache Records. If lead digital single “Flesh and Bone” is any indication, expect more boogie-woogie, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll unleashed on a world in dire need… Continue reading Need a Light? Ask Blackberry Smoke

Jason Isbell Embraces The Nashville Sound

Jason Isbell’s trajectory since exiting the Drive-By Truckers has been nothing short of extraordinary, if not wholly unexpected. Isbell’s contributions to the Truckers still stand among the band’s high points, and he’s only blossomed further in the ensuing years, winning two Grammys and two Americana Music Association Awards for 2015’s Something More Than This and… Continue reading Jason Isbell Embraces The Nashville Sound

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Live From Alabama

While you weren’t looking, Jason Isbell became one of America’s best songwriters – from any genre; rock, folk, country, garage, you name it. Commencing during his 2001-07 stint with the Drive-By Truckers, Isbell quietly began establishing his bonafides via such tracks as “Decoration Day,” “Danko/Manuel” and “Goddamn Lonely Love,” all faves among Truckers fans. With… Continue reading Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Live From Alabama

Jason Isbell

Working Class Hero: Jason Isbell’s Country and Soul Anthems Offer Solace from Desperate Times The first time I meet Jason Isbell it’s at a Drive-By Truckers show, circa the winter of 2005-06, and although the mood backstage is festive bordering on the boisterous, with well-wishers, hangers-on and bandmembers and crew all mingling noisily, Isbell seems… Continue reading Jason Isbell