Jason Isbell: Whelan’s, Dublin (20/6/09)

His voice was as clear "Isbell". HahahahahahahahaAAAA!

So: with reliable concert fuzzbuddy CoyoteTrax in tow, I returned to Whelan’s last night, and took a front row seat for Jason Isbell’s acoustic show. It was a good ‘un, son – not quite as good as his former partners-in-crime, the Drive-By Truckers’ show in Manchester last year, but certainly cheaper and more convenient. So yay for that. About it, I said this, among other things:

Clichés are basically the exact opposite of a box of chocolates: you always know what you’re gonna get next. The key to making clichés work in songwriting is to couch the clichés in a bunch of other interesting stuff so that they’re not all that important to the song, in the end. This is a lesson I learned last night, watching Jason Isbell give a fantastic performance upstairs in Whelan’s.

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Accompanied by the talented Browan Lollar (seemingly played by Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Isbell certainly didn’t let the fact that he was playing an acoustic show in a tiny venue diminish his status as the Drive-By Truckers’ erstwhile guitar guru. Indeed, the biggest cheers of the night came for the Truckers’ songs (”Outfit” was a particularly popular choice, and rightfully so) or the more extravagant guitar heroics.

Read the review, guy!

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2 Responses to Jason Isbell: Whelan’s, Dublin (20/6/09)

  1. Diarmuid says:

    This was certainly a fantastic gig. I loved the guitar solos! Those American girls in the Irish rugby jerseys also made an impression!

    I also took the trip to Manchester last year to see the Drive By Truckers as the last time they played in Whelans I had a ticket but for some stupid reason got the nights mixed up and missed the gig.

  2. Ronan says:

    Great gig. But not as good as his show downstairs last year. Will do my review of it over the weekend.

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