Recently, we had the chance to see Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at the beautiful Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids. I had actually not heard of Jason before, but my husband had and really likes his music. I was very impressed when I heard him play.
James McMurty from Austin, TX was the opening act. If you like guitar, this is a great set to watch. James and his band play really great Folk/Americana music with lots of guitar switches and great jamming with each other.
Jason Isbell is from the Muscle Shoals region of Northwest Alabama. His music is Folk/Alternative Country. He and the band The 400 Unit are currently on tour to promote their newest album, “The Nashville Sound”. Jason won 2 Grammys in 2016 for Best Americana Album (“Something More Than Free”) and Best American Roots Song (“24 Frames). The crowd went wild as he played “24 Frames”; it was definitely one of their favorite songs played that night! Jason won 2 more Grammys in 2018—Best Americana Album (“The Nashville Sound”) and Best American Roots Song (“If We Were Vampires”).
A magnificent light show illuminated the concert. The colors were very basic whites, blues, greens, and browns that enhanced the classic, soulful feel of his songs.
My favorite songs of the night included “Decoration Day”, “White Man’s World”, and “Last of My Kind”. “Decoration Day” chronicle a feud between two families and how the cycle will finally stop. “White Man’s World” tackles the tough issues of social privilege and inequalities among the cultures in this country. “Last of My Kind” really resonated with me because I am from a small town in Central Iowa when we just do things a little bit differently and a whole lot more simple than everyone else. Now I live in a bigger city and sometimes I just feel lost in the shuffle.
If you have a chance to hear Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on their tour, you won’t be disappointed! Ticket prices are very reasonable and well worth the time spent listening to great music.
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