Jason Isbell’s Cover Of Tom Petty’s “Refugee” Kicks Off His Ryman Residency

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Night 1 of Jason Isbell’s residency at the Ryman Auditorium is in the books and it was everything we could have hoped for. The six night series promises to bring Isbell wide ranging music tastes to the stage including last night’s high energy cover of Tom Petty’s “Refugee.”

Isbell has covered a wide variety of Petty’s songs including a Celtic-folk version “You Got Lucky.” The respect seems to have been mutual. Petty shared billing with Isbell and the 400 Unit at the 2016 Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois and posted a photo of a vinyl copy of Isbell’s “Southeastern” to his Instagram in 2013.

The cover itself is stellar and bodes well for the rest of Isbell’s residency.