Jason Isbell’s past two solo albums, Southeastern and Something More Than Free, were both collections of introspective songs about death, substance abuse, sobriety, identity, and growing up. His forthcoming third LP promises to be something really different; it’s called The Nashville Sound and is credited to both Isbell and the 400 Unit, the accompanying band he released music with before he introduced Southeastern under his name alone. Isbell announced The Nashville Sound earlier this month, and today he debuted its lead single “Hope The High Road” by way of EW. This is an electric country song that sets us up for Isbell’s transformation. “I heard enough of the white man’s blues/ I’ve sang enough about myself,” he sings. “So if you’re looking for some bad news/ Then you can find it somewhere else.” This is a song written for this particular moment in American history; check it out below.
The Nashville Sound it out 6/16.