Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (Lightning Rod Records)
Jason Isbell's songwriting thrives because of his honest reflections about southern identity and working-class life that are rarely glamorous, but always incisive in their disenchantment.
The band's name comes from the 400 Unit, a colloquial name for the psychiatric ward of Florence, Alabama's Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, which is now named the Behavioral Health Center, or One North, and is located on the hospital's first floor. Isbell and the 400 Unit released their second album, Here We Rest, on April 12, 2011, on Lightning Rod Records. The song "Alabama Pines" was named Song of the Year at the 2012 Americana Music Awards.
Here We Rest was the original motto of Alabama, the state Isbell was raised in and still calls home. It's a perfect title for his album. After nearly a decade as a touring musician, Isbell spent more time at home to write the record, and his songs reflect that choice. Finding himself in familiar territory, he attempts to rekindle relationships and retrace old patterns, and fights the feeling of being a stranger in his own town in "Alabama Pines."
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit's eponymous album was released on February 17, 2009, on Lightning Rod Records. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit was Isbell's second solo release and his first release with his band The 400 Unit.
Isbell parted ways with Drive-By Truckers in 2007 to follow a musical path that diverged from the band's take on Southern rock — he wanted to incorporate more of the country-soul that heard growing up. Isbell has been capturing the sound and vibe of the place perfectly.
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