Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Current Members: Jason Isbell (lead vocals and guitar), Sadler Vaden (guitar and backup vocals), Jimbo Hart (bass and backup vocals), Derry DeBorja (keyboard, accordion, and backup vocals), Chad Gamble (drums and backup vocals), and Amanda Shires (fiddle and backup vocals)
Origin: Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Top Songs: If We Were Vampires, Hope the High Road, Last of My Kind
Label: Southeastern Records
Jason Isbell started his music career in a southern rock band called the Drive-By Truckers. He was part of that band from 2001 to 2007, and they released four albums during that time. Since that time, he has released six albums. Three of the records are credited as “Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit” while the other three are just Jason himself although all but his first album contain musicians from The 400 Unit.
I didn’t really pay much attention to Jason Isbell until I saw his performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk. He came off as a genuinely funny guy and he has great chemistry with the rest of The 400 Unit. My favorite song by them is “Molotov.” The song talks about the compromises one has to make when settling down.
Check out the video for “If We Were Vampires” here: