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Jason Isbell on World Cafe | September 19, 2013

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Soulful roots-rock singer Jason Isbell has been writing revealing, introspective songs since his days in the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. After leaving the group in 2007, Isbell went on to record a string of studio albums with and without his new band, The 400 Unit. His hit "Alabama Pines" won Song of the Year honors at the 2012 Americana Music Awards.

Behind his success and prolific output, though, things weren't right in Isbell's personal life: He was alone and fighting a battle against alcoholism. But with the arrival of his newest album,Southeastern, things have changed considerably; he's sobered up and married his longtime girlfriend, singer and fiddler Amanda Shires.

Thursday's edition of World Cafe features the duo — plus The 400 Unit — performing tracks from both Isbell's album and Shires' new record, Down Fell the Doves. The showcase also features an intimate conversation about the positive and negative changes the couple has faced together.

Tracklisting

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Drive-By Truckers “The Righteous Path” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires “Live Oak” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires “Devastate” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires “Elephant” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Jason Isbell “Super 8” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires “Bulletproof” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires “Stockholm” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires “Super 8” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “The Last Song I Will Write” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit))
Fanfarlo “The Walls Are Coming Down” Reservoir
The Wallflowers “Three Marlenas” Bringing Down the Horse
Treetop Flyers “Things Will Change” The Mountain Moves
((They Might Be Giants “Damn Good Times” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Lyle Lovett “Isn’t That So” Release Me
Bears Den “Agape” Agape
The Jayhawks “Blue” Tomorrow The Green Grass
St. Vincent & David Byrne “Who” Love This Giant
The Wild Feathers “The Ceiling” The Wild Feathers
Old 97’s “Jagged” Fight Songs
((Mikal Cronin “See It My Way” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
 José José “En Una Tarde de Verano” Buscanda Una Sonrisa
Babasonicos “La Puntita” Infame
((Raul Paz “Mama” Revolucion))
Death Cab for Cutie “Summer Skin” Plans
Kurt Vile “Shame Chamber” Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze
Wildcat! Wildcat! “Mr. Quiche” EP
Automatic Man “My Pearl” Automatic Man