Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s The Nashville Sound album is so good that every country music outlet and Americana music outlet claimed it as their own in 2017. The album was nominated for CMA Album of the Year and is up for Best Americana Album at the GRAMMYs. The song, “If We Were Vampires” was almost everyone’s best song of 2017 (including mine) and up for Best American Roots Song at the GRAMMYs because it’s basically perfect.
Isbell and his band, plus his wife Amanda Shires, recently performed the song on “Austin City Limits” and after watching it no less than 12 times, I’ve decided it’s the most perfect performance of 2018– so far. But, it’s going to be hard to top.