Jason Isbell to play one-off show in Auckland next month

Thursday 8 February 2018

Jason Isbell to play one-off show in Auckland next month

American country-rock singer Jason Isbell returns to NZ shores next month to play at the Auckland's Town Hall with his road-hardened band The 400 Unit.

Influenced by the soul music so intrinsically tied to his homeland, the Alabama native singer thrivingly developed his songwriting into something rich, powerful and disarmingly expressive making him one of the most potent acts on the road today.

In Jason Isbell's ten-year action-packed career, he's transformed from being third-string singer-songwriter in legendary Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers to one of the most revered voices on the American circuit.

His recent sixth solo album 'The Nashville Sound' debuted at No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 chart, also topping the US Country, US Folk and US Rock charts. 'Something More Than Free' also scored Isbell twin Grammys for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song (for single '24 Frames'), as well as taking home 'Album Of The Year' at the prestigious Americana Music Honors and Awards ceremony.

"There's no better songwriter on the planet at the moment, no one operating with the same depth, eloquence or feeling." - American Songwriter Magazine

In a four and a half star review for the Sunday Star-Times reviewer Jack Barlow said of The Nashville Sound: "Very American, yes, but Isbell's way of detailing life crosses borders. The Nashville Sound is his latest, and it continues his run of excellent albums since leaving the Truckers. Ten years solo, he's yet to make a bad one.”

Isbell last visited New Zealand for a solo show in 2014, after a stellar support slot for Ryan Adams at The Civic in 2012. He'll be playing alongside the excellent New Zealand folk singer-songwriter, Nadia Reid.

Don't miss your chance to witness Jason Isbell perform some of the finest songs penned in the last decade.