Ryan Adams & Jason Isbell Cover Alabama

Right now, Ryan Adams is on tour behind his excellent new album Ashes & Fire. And at a recent San Francisco show, he and opener Jason Isbell, the former Drive-By Truckers member, got together onstage to cover “Love In The First Degree,” the 1981 hit from the bearded-up establishment-country band Alabama. The Adams/Isbell one is half-ironic in a sense; it starts out slow and reverent and slowly dissolves into giggles. This seems like an entirely sane response to “Love In The First Degree,” which remains an awesome song. Listen at TwentyFourBit.

Ashes & Fire is out now on Pax-Am/Capitol.