Jason Isbell's Southeastern was Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker's favorite album of 2013. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell perform on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

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Jason Isbell was previously a member of Drive-By Truckers. His solo albums include Sirens of the Ditch and Here We Rest. Eric England/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Isbell's new album is called Southeastern. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Isbell's latest album, Southeastern, is personal and intimate. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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