Photo by Erika Goldring
Whispering Beard Folk Festival
August 23-25 ,2013
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jason Isbell’s new album, Southeastern reached the artist’s highest ever debut on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #23, selling over 17,500 units. The album debuted at #8 at rock, #5 indie and #13 at digital. These numbers represent something special for Isbell and his small indie label Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers. Combined with the overwhelming support from the press upon its June 11 release, Southeastern marks a true milestone for Isbell as an artist. He opens himself up to the world in a very personal and courageous way that only a solo album could embody. The songs reflect his fears, failures, regrets, triumphs and, above all, growth, as a result of being sober for well over a year now. Isbell does this with such honesty, beauty and grace that it has, and continues to, resonate with so many people.
Isbell was recently the subject of features in The New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, Billboard, Huffington Post, Garden & Gun, Popmatters, as well as the cover of Paste. Thus far, Southeastern has garnered great reviews from a wide range of outlets, including NPR’s Fresh Air, SPIN, USA Today, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and many more. Isbell will be performing with his band, The 400 Unit, on The Late Show with David Letterman on July 23, with appearances scheduled on Conan and Austin City Limits as well.