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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – If We Were Vampires


I must admit to only recently “discovering” Jason Isbell, and while his reputation and style preceded him, his last two albums – Southeastern (2013) and Something More Than Free (2015) – more than cemented his place as a premier songwriter and storyteller. If you followed the pattern above you’ll recognize that now, in 2017, it’s time for a new album, this time with the 400 unit to accompany him; Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s The Nashville Sound will be out June 16th via Southeastern Records.

A new track off the album brings us to today’s posting, and a fine one at that. “If We Were Vampires” is sweet and tender and honest, and plays the harmonies between Isbell and his wife Amanda Shires beautifully.

A wedding song should be sweepingly romantic, redolent of crushed organza and almond fondant; a marriage song must confront reality, the downsides of shared days and the resilience that helps a couple overcome them. – Ann Powers, NPR

Powers sums it up the honesty and beauty perfectly. Check out the new song below.

(Photo Credit: Danny Clinch)

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