Jason Isbell's new album, Something More Than Free, comes as he's preparing to be a father. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Isbell's new album, Something More Than Free, comes out July 17. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Songs We Love: Jason Isbell, '24 Frames'

It'd be hard to top the craftsmanship that went into the songs on Southeastern, but Isbell thinks he's done it.

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