14th Annual Artist-In-Residence: Jason Isbell

ABOUT JASON ISBELL

Isbell has won Grammys for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song. The Americana Music Association named him Artist of the Year in 2015 and has awarded him Album of the Year two times and Song of the Year honors three times. Master songwriter John Prine, a key influence on Isbell, told the Nashville Scene, “I just feel proud that Jason is writing and putting out the kind of music he is.”

After working in the early 2000s as a member of Drive-By Truckers, Isbell left the band in 2007. The Alabama native has recorded six albums under his own name and with his band, the 400 Unit. His latest, The Nashville Sound, is nominated for Album of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards.


HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE DECEMBER 19 PERFORMANCE

Jason Isbell, accompanied by his wife and creative partner, Amanda Shires, celebrated the last of three concerts in his tenure as artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum by inviting artists to join him whom he regards as influences and predecessors on the creative path he has chosen. The guests—Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Mac McAnally, Buddy Miller, and the duo of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings—made it clear that the admiration was mutual.

The evening’s highlights included:

“Tupelo”



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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE DECEMBER 12 PERFORMANCE

In the second of three concerts as artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Alabama-born Jason Isbell and his band, the 400 Unit, presented an intimate, stripped-down performance that proved that the band’s strengths come not from amplification but from their nuanced interplay in support of the bandleader’s narrative songwriting and subtly emotional vocals.

The evening’s highlights included:

“Speed Trap Town”



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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE DECEMBER 5 PERFORMANCE

Jason Isbell began the first of his three artist-in-residence concerts at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum by humbly suggesting he was not sure he deserved such an extraordinary honor. In front of a sold-out crowd, December 5, 2017, in the museum’s CMA Theater, Isbell referenced the highly regarded artists who had preceded him in the artist-in-residence series and declared himself “the least qualified” of them all.

The evening’s highlights included:

"Something To Love"


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ABOUT THE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE SERIES

Established in 2003, the museum’s artist-in-residence program honors a musical master who can be credited with contributing a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. The artist-in-residence is invited to use the museum’s performance venues to create unique musical experiences.

Past Artist-In-Residence performers include: