"Home was a dream. One I'd never seen till you came along." — Jason Isbell, "Cover Me Up"

One I'd never seen till you came along." — Jason Isbell, "Cover Me Up"

There are audible gasps in the audience as Isbell plays a few tracks from his new album, Southeastern, a deeply personal effort that has its foundation in his more-than-yearlong sobriety and his recent marriage to fellow musician Amanda Shires. The devastating track “Live Oak” sums it up with vivid lyrics such as these:  "There’s a man who walks beside me, he is  who I used to be, and I wonder if she sees him and confuses him with me."

There are audible gasps in the audience as Isbell plays a few tracks from his new album, Southeastern, a deeply personal effort that has its foundation in his more-than-yearlong sobriety and his recent marriage to fellow musician Amanda Shires. The devastating track “Live Oak” sums it up with vivid lyrics such as these: "There’s a man who walks beside me, he is who I used to be, and I wonder if she sees him and confuses him with me."

A match made in ink heaven: Jason Isbell has the lines from Bob Dylan's "Boots of Spanish Leather" on his arm, while his wife, singer-songwriter Amanda Shires, has lines from Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on hers.

Jason Isbell: A 'Southeastern' Songwriter's Path To Sobriety

The country-rock musician's new solo album is deeply personal, drawing on issues like recovery from a battle with alcoholism that peaked during his time with the band Drive-By Truckers.

▶ Jason Isbell - Traveling Alone From the album Southeastern. Formerly of Drive by Truckers band.

Official music video for "Traveling Alone" from the Jason Isbell album Southeastern, with special appearance by Amanda Shires. Directed by: James Weems To.

Jason Isbell | 2015

When Southeastern was released, I thought it was the highest point in Jason Isbell ’s career.

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