Southeastern, the recording that helped Jason Isbell to a near-sweep at this year's Americana Awards and Festival — he took home prizes for album, song and artist of the year — has only his name on the cover.
But in more ways than one, it was a team effort. Isbell, who learned his craft as a member of Drive-By Truckers and also leads the mighty rock band the 400 Unit, credited the producer Dave Cobb with helping him develop Southeastern's intimate sound; as for its emotionally complex and forthright content, that came through the support of his wife and frequent musical collaborator, Amanda Shires. He credited Shires for giving him the courage to write open-hearted songs like Song Of The Year "Cover Me Up," which they performed together that night in a version that was as tender as can be. Enjoy this lovely musical exchange, the result of a profound musical partnership.
Tune in to your local PBS station starting on Nov. 22 to see this and other performances from the 2014 Americana Music Honors and Awards show on Austin City Limits, or visit ACLTV.com.
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