Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit have announced the release of a new album, The Nashville Sound, due out June 16 via Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers. The highly anticipated upcoming release comes after their 2015 Something More Than Free, which won two Grammy Awards (Best Americana Album & Best American Roots Song, “24 Frames”) and two Americana Music Association Awards (Album of the Year & Song of The Year, “24 Frames”).The Nashville Sound was recorded at Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A and produced by Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb, who produced Something More Than Free and Isbell’s celebrated 2013 breakthrough album Southeastern. The Nashville Sound is the first official Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit album since 2011’s Here We Rest. The 400 Unit features Derry deBorja (keyboards), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass), Amanda Shires (fiddle) and Sadler Vaden (guitar). The group just announced a five-night stand at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium October 10,11,13-15 to add to their extensive tour. See list of tour dates below.Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit 2017 US Summer Dates:June 17 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium #June 18 – Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Museum of Art #June 19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia #June 22 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre #June 23 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre +June 24 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre +June 26 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall +June 27 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion +June 29 – Canandaigua, NY – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center >June 30 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion +July 1 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music +July 2 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at the Heights +July 5 – Papillion, NE – Sumtur Amphitheatre +July 7 – St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theatre +(Sold Out)July 11 – Sioux Falls, SD – The Washington Pavilion +July 12 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House +July 14 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater +July 15 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater #July 16 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater #July 18 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center #July 19 – Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall #July 21 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore *July 22 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre *July 23 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center*September 7 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks AmphitheatreOctober 10 – Nashville, TN – Ryman AuditoriumOctober 11 – Nashville, TN – Ryman AuditoriumOctober 13 – Nashville, TN – Ryman AuditoriumOctober 14 – Nashville, TN – Ryman AuditoriumOctober 15 – Nashville, TN – Ryman AuditoriumSupport: # Amanda Shires / + Mountain Goats / > Iron & Wine / * Strand of Oaks2017 European DatesOctober 25 – Manchester, UK – Albert HallOctober 26 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABCOctober 27 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia TheatreOctober 29 – Brighton, UK – Brighton DomeOctober 30 – London, UK – RoundhouseOctober 31 – Birmingham, UK – Symphony HallNovember 2 – Paris, France – Le Café de la DanseNovember 3 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne BelgiqueNovember 6 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – ParadisoNovember 7 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & GefährlichNovember 8 – Berlin, Germany – Columbia TheaterNovember 10 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum SceneNovember 11 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum SceneNovember 12 – Stockholm, Sweden – MünchenbryggerietNovember 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – DR Concert HallTift Merritt supports all European dates.
When Liberia was plunged into throes of death and anguish, not many of the member countries of the Confederation of African Football sent messages of solidarity.At least I am aware of the world football governing body, FIFA and CAF.But in the course of the ravages and the fear of infection was widespread, CAF reneged on its commitment to Liberia and cancelled a trip to East Africa that at least former FIFA-badge referee, Iddrisa Kaba to have led a delegation to attend.As disciplined as the former LFA secretary general is, Kaba saw CAF’s action as an insult to the body of not only its commitment to Liberia but also its role to identify with Liberian football.At the time, Kaba wondered if CAF and others thought that every Liberian was a carrier of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.As Liberians nursed our wounds and the merciless Ebola kept its pressure on and killing as many people as it could, the Liberia Football Association was left alone to maybe die alone.Then of course the issue of the African Cup of Nations now rescheduled in Equatorial Guinea from Morocco reared its head.Morocco felt that she could not host the tournament for fear West African countries affected by the virus might transport the disease there, perhaps aware of two Liberians who became notorious transporters of the disease to Nigeria and the United States.Though Liberia was completely out of the Afcon in question, Guinea was not, as the virus raged with deadly consequences there.Morocco’s insistence for the delay of the tournament compelled CAF’s executive committee to issue an ultimatum that Morocco felt compelled not to respect.The result is the eventual suspension of Morocco as a punishment by CAF.But shockingly, quite against the run of play as it is said in sports, the Moroccan FA sent an invitation to Liberia, ravaged by Ebola, to send a team to participate in a tournament there.Perhaps with the support of the international community and all Liberians that has resulted into the drastic decrease of Ebola infectious deaths, Morocco now realizes the time is up to identify with Liberia.As sad as Morocco’s miscalculation might have been, all we wanted is to be left alone, for it is more insulting to think that Liberia and other countries ravaged by the disease brought it on themselves.And that’s why I applaud the decision by the executive committee of the LFA to turn the invitation down.Morocco should understand that the tragedy of the Ebola virus demands global support for its destruction. At least we are still around, thanks to the world community and one thing is certain, ‘God’s willing, Liberia will be back,’ (apologies to ex President Charles Taylor).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more