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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

To hear Jason Isbell tell it, his excellent new album Here We Rest is more a result of coincidence and good fortune than his own diligent work as a songwriter. The year off from touring in 2010 that allowed him to hang out in his hometown of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, absorbing stories that turned into songs? A mere scheduling issue. “It just worked out that way in the cycle,” Isbell says. “We didn’t have a record to tour. I don’t want it to sound like it was something I wanted to do.” The maturing sound that now includes some traditional country accoutrements like fiddle and standup bass, even a little accordion? “It wasn’t a thing that was planned,” Isbell avows. “I wrote the songs, and we went in the studio and tried to record them in the most appropriate way possible. That became the recordings we got. I definitely didn’t want to run away from making something a country song if I felt like I’d written a country song. I wanted the songs to sound like they wanted to sound.”

Date: Jun 10, 2011
Time: 8 p.m.
Phone: 800-501-2885
Address: 638 South State Street, Salt Lake City, 84111
Where: The State Room