Jason Isbell's 'Southeastern' Receives Critical Acclaim

Article Contributed by All Eyes Media | Published on Wednesday, June 19, 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.Here is what some of the press has said thus far:"Every song on Isbell's fourth studio album punches your gut.” 3 ½ Stars (out of 4) – USA Today“This album is harrowing and not for the timid, but those who stick with it will be treated to a truthful, moving journey and a master class in songwriting to boot.”4 ½ Stars – American Songwriter“The words and music are scrubbed clean of self-pity and instead give off energetic ruefulness, of the kind of that is one of the best combinations of sobriety and clarity.”– NPR Fresh AirAs good as the songs are (and I can’t stress enough just how good they really are), Isbell’s singing may be even better.”Grade: 9 (out of 10) – PasteJason Isbell & The 400 Unit just completed a triumphant set at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival before kicking off their summer tour today including the recently announced headline debut at the Ryman Auditorium in support of Southeastern. See tour dates below.Jason Isbell - Tour DatesJune 19 - St. Louis, MO - Off BroadwayJune 20  - Kansas City, MO - CrossroadsJune 22 – Monterey, CA - Monterey Americana Music FestJune 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah Arts FestivalJune 25 - Akron, OH - MusicaJune 26 - Columbus, OH - Skully’sJune 27 - Ann Arbor, MI - The ArkJune 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – WYEP Summer Music FestivalJune 30 - Charleston, WV - Culture Center TheaterJuly 1 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere SOLD OUTJuly 2 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln TheaterJuly 3 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite TheaterJuly 5 - Charleston, SC - Pour HouseJuly 6 – Chattanooga, TN Track 29July 20 - Maryville, TN – The ShedJuly 26 - Floyd, VA - FloydfestJuly 27 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk FestivalJuly 29 – Cambridge, MA -The SinclairJuly 30 – Portland, ME - Port City Music HallAugust 1 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting RoomAugust 2 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s PalaceAugust 4 – Hartford, CT – Arch Street TavernAugust 6 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon ClubAugust 7 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café LiveAugust 9 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Kirby CenterAugust 10 – New York, NY – Lincoln Center Out of DoorsAugust 17 – Nashville, TN  - Ryman Auditorium Tickets on sale Friday at 10 am.August 23 – Friendship, IN – Whispering Beard Folk FestivalAugust 24 – Birmingham, AL – Revival FestivalSeptember 7 – Big Sky, MT – Music In The MountainsSeptember 14 – Santa Barbara, CA - Sings Like Hell at Marjorie Luke TheatreNovember 1-5  - Miami, FL to Great Stirrup Cat, Bahamas – Rombello Cruise