1. Jason Isbell Performs Loose, Fun NPR Tiny Desk Concert

    August 28, 2017 9:01 PM EDT Earlier this summer, Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit released the searching, erudite The Nashville Sound , one of the best albums that anyone has yet given us in 2017. And now he and the 400 Unit -- which includes his wife, the singer-songwriter Amanda Shires -- have stopped by the NPR…

  2. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit Share Animated 'If We Were Vampires' Video

    August 10, 2017 5:23 PM EDT Their latest album, 'The Nashville Sound,' is out now on Isbell’s own Southeastern label. Earlier this summer, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit released their new album, The Nashville Sound , and today Isbell has shared a new animated video for "If We Were Vampires" that…

  3. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Lorde & Nickelback Launch Atop Album Charts

    June 30, 2017 2:45 PM EDT Three different titles start atop Billboard 's Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts (dated July 8), with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit leading the overall Top Rock Albums chart with The Nashville Sound . The set is the first No. 1 on the chart for Isbell with…

  4. Jason Isbell, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge & More Remember Gregg Allman

    June 02, 2017 10:17 PM EDT Following Gregg Allman 's death last weekend at the age of 69 due to complications from liver cancer, there has been an outpouring of tributes for the Allman Brothers Band frontman from the music community and fans alike.  Billboard spoke with Jason Isbell , Sheryl Crow , Melissa…

  5. In 'The Last Songwriter,' Garth Brooks and Fellow Writers Sound Alarm About Future of Quality Songs

    April 20, 2017 11:50 AM EDT Writing a song is, says Garth Brooks , “the most important step in music.” And yet the advent of the digital age has demolished the profession, cutting the number of full-time songwriters in Nashville by 80 percent, according to the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The Last…

  6. Maren Morris Talks Kelsea Ballerini, Sturgill Simpson and 'Kicking in the Door' of Genre Rigidity

    February 09, 2017 2:16 PM EST The title to Maren Morris ’ album Hero carries a bit of irony. It’s drawn from the chorus of “I Wish I Was,” a song about a real-life breakup in which she had to play the bad guy: “I’m not the hero in the story.” But little more than a year since Columbia officially released  her first single…

  7. John Prine's 45-Year-Old Freshman Album Proves Unusually Fresh Bait at Americana Fest

    September 23, 2016 9:08 PM EDT Sorry, out there: Hundreds of fans are unable to get into Nashville's Station Inn to hear "Hello in There" and other classics from his eponymous debut, or see his next-gen support from Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. On John Prine's eponymous 1971 debut LP, the country…

  8. Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams Rock Out on Rolling Stones' 'Sway' at Outside Lands: Watch

    August 08, 2016 11:15 PM EDT Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams shared the love at Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, where the rockers partnered up on separate occasions and delivered a smashing cover of  the Rolling Stones ’ "Sway."  Isbell, the singer-songwriter and former Drive-By Truckers member, performed…

  9. Jake Owen on His Post-Divorce Album 'American Love': 'I Didn't Have Anything to Prove'

    July 29, 2016 9:27 AM EDT Jake Owen didn’t get to be one of country’s leading party-starters by capsizing the format’s boat. His platinum-certified hits “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Beachin’” (each a Hot Country Songs No. 1) show his Nashville anthem bona fides. But after a public divorce from model Lacey Buchanan…

  10. 'Humble And Kind' Writer Lori McKenna Targets Life, Love With 'The Rifle'

    July 28, 2016 9:12 AM EDT Her Little Big Town hit 'Girl Crush' was a song of the year winner in 2015. When the Country Music Association (CMA) solicited first-round submissions in July for its 50th annual awards, it seemed a no-brainer that “Humble and Kind,” a Tim McGraw single that offers a cultural primer…

  11. Billboard's 2016 Nashville Power Players List Revealed: Who Rules Music City?

    July 28, 2016 9:00 AM EDT EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR MIKE DUNGAN , 62 Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Group Nashville "He's the Don!" says Luke Bryan , sidling up to Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan at  Billboard 's photo shoot. It's the week of the Country Music Association&…

  12. Jason Isbell Leads Americana Music Nominations

    May 11, 2016 9:49 PM EDT The Americana darling leads the nominations with three nods for album of the year, artist of the year and song of the year. Americana darling Jason Isbell leads the nominations for the Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards with three nods for album of the year, artist of the…

  13. Jason Isbell on Merle Haggard's Gift: He Was 'Always Able to Live Inside His Songs'

    April 08, 2016 1:11 PM EDT Acclaimed singer-songwriter  Jason Isbell  shares the secrets of Merle Haggard's greatness: empathy. Merle Haggard was the best country songwriter there ever was. You always felt like he had experienced the things that he was writing about, and he used the kind of language that country…

  14. Jason Isbell Cranks Up the Volume, Reinvigorates Classic Rock's Past at Beacon Theater

    February 26, 2016 2:22 PM EST As a guitar-toting musician from the South who does not get played on country radio, Jason Isbell faces a classification problem. Over the years, various names have been applied to the space he inhabits, including alt-country and Americana. But performing last night at the Beacon Theater in…

  15. Dave Cobb, Producer of Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, Talks Grammy Nomination

    February 12, 2016 6:45 PM EST Monday night (Feb. 15) will be a huge one in the career of producer Dave Cobb. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will be held, and as producer of Chris Stapleton ’ s heralded Traveller album and Jason Isbell ’ s Something More Than Free , it could be a big night for the Georgia native. Throw in a…

  16. Animal Collective, Best Coast & More Plan Voter Registration Drives on Upcoming Tours

    February 05, 2016 9:25 PM EST Animal Collective , Best Coast , Jason Isbell and other musical acts will host voter registration drives on their 2016 tours.  Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders: Vote For Who Has the Better Musician Support Squad Those groups, as well as Unknown Mortal Orchestra , Kurt Vile , Wavves ,…

  17. Dave Cobb Talks Spontaneous Producing Style, Studio A and His All-Star Concept Album

    January 29, 2016 11:03 AM EST The Grammy nominee for producer of the year has his own label and will take over Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. It’s a pretty good time to be Dave Cobb. A current Grammy nominee for producer of the year, his Chris Stapleton project Traveller is up for album of the year and best country…

  18. Billboard.com's 10 Best Country Albums of 2015: Critics' Picks

    December 16, 2015 11:20 AM EST In an era where some people bemoaned the lack of great music in the country format, 2015 really seemed to feature a resurgence of quality -- with the top four albums on this list feeling like obvious choices on anyone’s list. But it's not just the critical darlings you expect that ranked…

  19. 2016 Grammy Nominations: Chris Stapleton and Other Country Artists Poised to Win Big

    December 07, 2015 2:14 PM EST In looking at the country nominees for the upcoming 58 th Annual Grammy Awards, there were no major surprises. But, as is often the case, there were a few curveballs that might have thrown some industry insiders for something of a loop -- along with two of the format’s most diverse talents…

  20. Country Star (and Expectant Dad) Jason Isbell 'Glad to Have My Baby on the Brain'

    August 05, 2015 3:21 PM EDT Significant chart success is a very new experience for Jason Isbell . Before the Alabama-born singer, songwriter, guitarist and ex- Drive-By Trucker released his Dave Cobb-produced fifth studio album, Something More Than Free,  on his own indie label Southeastern, the fruits of his musical…

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