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Band: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Rob Aldridge
Date: Thursday, Oct. 7 with doors at 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St., www.mobilesaenger.com
Tickets: $49.50-$125 available through Ticketmaster
After months of renovating and rescheduling, the Jewel on Joachim is ready for yet another grand return. One of modern alt. country’s most prolific singer-songwriters will assist in bringing this beloved downtown venue back to life. For months, Jason Isbell fans have waited patiently for COVID restrictions to ease and tour schedules to align in order to finally experience a concert that was postponed last year.
When he made his solo debut in Mobile, Isbell was fresh from his run with Drive-By Truckers. At first, many Truckers fans were skeptical as to the future of Isbell’s career. As time progressed, Isbell’s musical and philosophical influence on the world of indie country made him a trendsetter as well as a role model for many alt. country artists who have followed. Since, Isbell has recorded eight studio albums — two of which won Grammy awards — to establish legendary permanence in country music history.
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit’s latest album is a love letter to the place where his career started. “Georgia Blue” finds Isbell covering 13 songs exclusively from Georgia artists. One look at the tracklist proves that Isbell’s musical taste knows no stylistic boundaries. While the album is still days away from release, Isbell’s acoustic take on the R.E.M. classic “Driver 8” (featuring John Paul White) serves as a harbinger of great things to come. The tracklist also includes The Black Crowes’ “Sometimes Salvation” (featuring former Crowes drummer Steve Gorman), James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”, Allman Brothers’ “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and many more.
Rob Aldridge will open the evening with his Muscle Shoals rock. Whether with his band the Proponents or flying solo, Aldridge could be considered a hidden treasure in the Alabama singer-songwriter scene. With New South perspectives and a wealth of honest emotion, Aldrige’s repertoire is keeping Southern alt. rock alive and kicking. His latest release, “All Along After All,” finds him collaborating with The Pollies, mingling his trademark lyrical style and vocal delivery with The Pollies smooth, dreamy psychedelic rock.
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