Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s next album The Nashville Sound (out July 16) will offer 10 new songs covering a range of real life subjects.
The collection kicks off with “The Last of My Kind,” a song of longing nostalgia. “White Man’s World” addresses politics and cultural privilege. “If We Were Vampires” deals with love and morality, while “Chaos and Clothes” describes the remnants of a breakup. The album closes with “Something to Love,” a song about hope and finding home. All of the songs were solely written by Isbell, except for “Anxiety,” which he co-wrote with his wife Amanda Shires about the toxic effect of today’s pressures.
The new music was produced by Grammy winner Dave Cobb at Nashville’s historic RCA A recording studio, and it’s Isbell and the 400 Unit’s first collection together since 2011’s Here We Rest. The collection also follows the Isbell’s Grammy-winning album, Something More Than Free.
The 400 Unit are fiddle player Shires, keys player Derry deBorja, drummer Chad Gamble, bassist Jimbo Hart and guitarist Sadler Vaden.
Five shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium starting Oct. 10 have been added to their 2017 summer tour, which kicks off June 17 in Asheville, North Carolina. Shires, Mountain Goats, Iron & Wine and Strand of Oaks will open various dates.
Tift Merritt will open for the European leg starting Oct. 25 in Manchester, England with additional stops in the U.K., France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia.
Here is a complete list of dates for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s 2017 summer tour:
June 17: Asheville, North Carolina (Thomas Wolfe Auditorium)
June 18: Raleigh, North Carolina (North Carolina Museum of Art)
June 19: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (The Fillmore Philadelphia)
June 22-24: New York City (Beacon Theatre)
June 26: New Haven, Connecticut (College Street Music Hall)
June 27: Boston (Blue Hills Bank Pavilion)
June 29: Canandaigua, New York (Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center)
June 30: Columbia, Maryland (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
July 1: Cincinnati, Ohio (PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music)
July 2: Huber Heights, Ohio (Rose Music Center at the Heights)
July 5: Papillion, Nebraska (Sumtur Amphitheatre)
July 7: St. Paul, Minnesota (The Palace Theatre)
July 11: Sioux Falls, South Dakota (The Washington Pavilion)
July 12: St. Louis (Peabody Opera House)
July 14-16: Austin (ACL Live at the Moody Theater)
July 18: Houston, Texas (Revention Music Center)
July 19: Jackson, Mississippi (Thalia Mara Hall)
July 21: Miami (The Fillmore)
July 22: St. Augustine, Florida (St. Augustine Amphitheatre)
July 23: North Charleston, South Carolina (North Charleston Performing Arts Center)
Sept. 7: Morrison, Colorado (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
Oct. 10-11: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
October 13-15: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)