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JASON ISBELL
Saturday, May 10, 2014 | 8pm
Von Braun Center Concert Hall | Huntsville, AL


Tickets on sale Friday, March 21 at 10am
Tickets available via ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and the Von Braun Center box office
More information: jasonisbell.com | nationalshows2.com

Southeastern is not a record Jason has made before, and not simply because the glorious storm and drama of his band, the 400 Unit, is absent. They will tour together; it’s not a break-up record, not an album of dissolving, but, rather, songs of discovery. And not at all afraid, not even amid the tears. Which is to say that he has grown up.

That it has been a dozen years since he showed up at a party and left in the Drive-By Truckers’ van with two travel days to learn their songs. And then taught them some of his songs in the bargain. Jason Isbell’s solo career has seemed equally effortless, from Sirens of the Ditch (2007) to Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (2009), through Here We Rest (2011) and last year’s Live From Alabama. Loud records, unrepentantly southern, resplendent with careful songwriting. Songs which inspire and intimidate other musicians, and critics.

“A heart on the run / keeps a hand on the gun / can’t trust anyone,” Jason sings just now, his words brushing gently atop an acoustic guitar figure “Cover Me Up,” the song with which he has chosen to open Southeastern. Such tenderness. An act of contrition, an affirmation of need, his voice straining not to break: “Girl leave your boots by the bed / We ain’t leaving this room / Till someone needs medical help / Or the magnolias bloom.”

He sighs into the phone, considering what he’s done, and why. “I’m really purposefully ignorant of any sort of sales consideration, or radio considerations, or anything like that,” Jason says. “Before I’d felt like, this song needs to be this length, or this song needs to be mastered in this way, or this song needs to have drums on it, or this song needs a bigger hook. I just completely did away with all those considerations for this record. And made it as if I were really just making it for me, and for people like me who listen to entire albums.”

Raw, open, and reflective. Sobriety can be like that. Jason’s made it past his first year, which is rather more than a promise and will always be far from a guarantee. Treatment programs teach that one should let go, easier said than done. Perhaps that’s why Isbell was willing to trust his songs to David Cobb. Cobb has produced Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson and the Secret Sisters, but it was a Squidbillies’ session with George Jones which finally brought his work to Jason’s attention. “The song that he did with George Jones was a minute and a half, two minutes long,” Jason says, “but the production of it was perfect because he nailed every single era of George’s career, and that really impressed me. A lot.”

Jason Isbell chooses his words carefully and speaks them softly, only the gentle lilt of south Alabama left for shading. “A lot of my favorite songwriters and recording artists are afraid,” he says. “Afraid to turn anything over to a producer, so they continue to make the same record over and over and over and over. More often than not, really. It’s really frustrating for me.”

There had been other plans for the album, as there always are, and for the first time Jason had the songs done well before production commenced. In the inevitable way of things, it all came together in a rush. They finished recording at midnight on a Thursday. Friday he and Amanda Shires went to their rehearsal dinner, got married Saturday, and had to wait until they returned from their honeymoon to approve the mastered album.

It is Amanda’s voice and violin joining with Jason on “Traveling Alone,” as evocative a song of loneliness as anyone’s written since “Running On Empty.” A promise. The songs are invested with Jason’s particular, personal truths, but they’re not about him. Or, rather, the emotional truths are probably about the songwriter, but not the stories he’s telling. “Live Oak” opens with an a cappella verse: “There’s a man who walks beside me / He is who I used to be / I wonder if she sees him / And confuses him with me?” It is the kind of question a man asks as he readies to marry a woman who met him and knew him and loved him before sobriety stuck (and a question a singer might well ask his audience under the same circumstances), though the story is about a roving criminal in either the 18th or 20th centuries.

It is not, to be clear, an acoustic album. “Flying Over Water” and “Super 8” have more than the requisite amount of guitar squawl to propel them. But it is the quite, contemplative songs that lure you in out of the rain, and those songs especially that draw one into the arc of the entire album. To the elegance of “Songs That She Sings in the Shower”: “With a stake / Held to my eye / I had to summon the confidence needed/To hear her good-bye.”

“I’ve done my part,” Jason says, his dry chuckle trailing off. “I make things and other people try to sell those things. I try not to mix the two together. I think that’s just a better way to make more quality things.”

He is, of course, right.


Landers McLarty Nissan presents Heads-N-Tails Crawfish Boil & Craft Beer
Featuring Roux du Bayou and Mambo Gris Gris
VBC South Hall Saturday, April 5th


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Von Braun Center proudly announces the 2014 Heads-N-Tails Crawfish Boil presented by Landers McLarty Nissan. On Saturday, April 5th, join us in the Von Braun Center South Hall for a variety of zydeco tunes along with wonderful crawfish and other delicious choices for those not interested in the creepy crawlers – and meet local brewmasters and sample their latest creations!
Heads-N-Tails Crawfish Boil will feature Roux du Bayou and their authentic cajun, zydeco, swamp pop and mardi gras music from 6:30-9:30pm as well as local favorite Mambo Gris Gris who will get the party kicked off from 3:30-6:30pm. Not only will we have great music, but you will be surrounded by fabulous food and free kids activities including Gabrielle’s Face Painting, animal balloon artist A+ Balloons by Allen and giant inflatables by Jump to It, Inc. Food & drinks will be for sale throughout the afternoon and into the evening hours and best of all ADMISSION IS FREE!

The doors will open at 3:00pm and the party will last until 10:00 pm! Admission is absolutely FREE. Visit on our website www.huntsvillecrawfishboil.com or our Facebook page!

Heads-N-Tails Crawfish Boil 2014 has a wide variety of exciting sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorship availability is limited; so contact Sponsorship Sales Manager Lacy Fitzpatrick today at lfitzpatrick@vonbrauncenter.com or by phone at 256-551-2236.

For additional information as it becomes available, visit www.huntsvillecrawfishboil.com


HUNTSVILLE TOUR STOP ON MAY 6 & 7, 2014

Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour
AT THE VON BRAUN CENTER
Exclusive Presale Window Begins Today
General Onsale Begins March 7, 2014

Huntsville, March 7, 2014 – The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced today that Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, one of the top 10 grossing music tours of all time, will perform in Huntsville on Tuesday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at the Von Braun Center. Since its world premiere in Montreal in October 2011, this electrifying production has thrilled audiences across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.

Starting today Cirque Club members have exclusive access to purchase presale tickets online at www.cirqueclub.com. Starting March 7 at 10am, tickets will be available to the general public at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets range from $45 to $125 each.

Created by Cirque du Soleil and directed by Jamie King, THE IMMORTAL World Tour is a departure from the company’s previous touring shows. Featuring 49 international dancers, musicians, and acrobats, it is presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s unparalleled creativity.

The underpinnings of THE IMMORTAL World Tour are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances, the show underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity, and the band includes some of the same artists who previously worked side by side with Michael. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

Watch VIDEO for a short preview.