Last month, the former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell released the truly great Americana album Something More Than Free. And last night, he the musical guest on Conan, where he sang the tough, leathery single “24 Frames.” On Conan O’Brien’s stage, Isbell was all weary authority, and the song sounded even more comfortable and lived-in than it did on the album. Isbell looked great, too, with a dark suit and hair slicked back. He doesn’t come across as the sort of artist who necessarily aims at appearing on TV, but when he does show up on TV, he looks like he belongs there. Watch the performance below.
Something More Than Free is out 7/17 on Isbell’s own Southeastern Records.