Jason Isbell was told he would alienate himself from his fans if he spoke his mind. The thinking goes that his folk-country fan base would rather have a singer spin fake yarns than talk about what matters to them. His most recent album, Nashville Sound, proved that thinking wrong.
Isbell is making the talk show circuit promoting the album, focusing on his dressed down single, “If We Were Vampires.”
“CBS This Morning” gave Isbell a chance to play a few extra songs, stretching his musical chops alongside his backing band The 400 Unit. The group’s standout performance was “Cumberland Gap,” a blistering commentary on the life a coal miner consumed by the mountains in which he spends his days.
Isbell and The 400 Unit also played their upbeat “Hope The High Road,” a Southern rock-inspired encouragement to take action and never give up on the hope that the world could be a better place.
The three songs are an excellent cross-section of Nashville Sound, an album as sincere, driving, and pointed as it is enjoyable.