30 Best Jason Isbell (and the 400 Unit) Songs

Steven Hyden recently ranked his top 30 Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit songs, and I was tagged by a few people that asked for me to do a similar list of my own. Continue reading

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Jamie Lin Wilson details Mile 0 Fest

 

Nashville Noise is heading to Key West for Mile 0 Fest. The third-year festival welcomes Nashville residents and fixtures Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit as headliners this year, along with Randy Rogers Band, Robert Earl Keen, Whiskey Myers, Lucero, Wade Bowen, American Aquarium and dozens of others Americana acts. The festival’s scheduling has long been rooted deep in Texas and Oklahoma sounds, and early on, Texas singer-songwriter Jamie Lin Wilson was affectionately dubbed the “Queen of Key West” as she became one of its most visible mainstays. Having been a part of the lineup in each year of its existence, Wilson has helped create an inviting atmosphere that has given artists an opportunity to jam together. It’s allowed audiences to experience unique collaborations that they wouldn’t otherwise see. Continue reading

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Kevin Nealon discusses Zanie’s show; what he loves about Nashville

Kevin Nealon spends much more time in Nashville than you realize. His wife is from the Music City, and he’s been a regular here for nearly two decades. Currently, Nealon can be seen on the CBS sitcom Man with a Plan alongside Matt LeBlanc, but maybe you remember him from the Showtime series Weeds. Or maybe you remember him from any number of his film appearances, many of which were alongside his friend Adam Sandler, like Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Little Nicky, Blended and Sandy Wexler, to name a few. Continue reading

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Albums of the Year 2019

Fooled around and fell into the Emergency Room on the day after Christmas. If that cough ain’t going away, kids, I urge you to have it looked at before you actually hack up a lung. Continue reading

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Hiss Golden Messenger brings “Terms of Surrender” to Birmingham

Terms of Surrender is the 11th studio album from Hiss Golden Messenger in as many years. That’s not including a handful of EPs and live albums. The Durham, North Carolina band’s latest was heavily inspired, and dedicated to, lead singer MC Taylor’s wife and children, and perhaps more than any of Taylor’s previous work, it begins to search for meaning and hope in a world that Taylor says he felt disconnected from, lonely and lost to himself within. Continue reading

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Seratones return to The Nick on Friday

Seratones have a long relationship with Birmingham, as one of their first ventures out of Louisiana was as an opener for Birmingham’s own St. Paul & the Broken Bones. The relationship that lead singer AJ Haynes has maintained with the band has been an important one to her as she has navigated the past three years between albums. During that time, she spent a lot of time working on the craft of songwriting and on ensuring that she had surrounded herself with the musicians that she needed for the sophomore record. Continue reading

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Mike and the Moonpies bring ‘Solid Country Gold’ to Zydeco on Wednesday

A Texas band can be a Texas band for an entire career and make a pretty good living. That was especially true throughout the 90s and 00s. They came in varying measures of success and varying types of swing, but the list has been expansive: from Jack Ingram and Aaron Watson to Randy Rogers and Stoney LaRue. For years, few crossed over the barrier–be it imagined or be it the actual Mississippi River. There were obvious exceptions like Willie Nelson and George Strait, and later troubadours like Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. Continue reading

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I didn’t mean to see Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit 99 times.

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Baroness makes its first stop in Birmingham on Wednesday

Baroness has, somehow, never been to Birmingham. Well, they were once. Their bus stopped here as it was passing through to head to Atlanta. Lead singer John Baizley remembers that. The band is still from Savannah, Georgia by default, and Baizley is the only remaining original member. He spent much of his youth in the Appalachians of Virginia and in Savannah, and that somehow managed to influence his brand of metal.

Gold & Grey is the band’s fifth album, each named for colors. It’s the first to feature Gina Gleason on guitar. Continue reading

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Mike Krol set to make his Birmingham debut

Mike Krol released his fourth album in January, Power Chords. He also got engaged over the past year, to Birmingham’s own Allison Crutchfield, who has spent a lot of time as his labelmate at Merge Records. Continue reading

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