Any release by Jason Isbell is newsworthy, but this one is a little different. ‘Georgia Blue’, is an album of covers originally by artists from the state of Georgia in celebration of the state’s critical role in the 2020 Presidential election. The record will present a rich array of the wealth of musical talent from the area. All album proceeds will go to three non-profit organisations; Black Voters Matter, Fair Fight, and Georgia Stand up.
Backed by his band The 400 Unit, Isbell will also collaborate with such luminaries as Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlisle, Bela Fleck, Steve Gorman, Peter Levin, Julien Baker, Brittany Spencer, and many others. Artists covered on the 13 tracks include R.E.M., James Brown, Otis Redding, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Vic Chestnut, The Black Crowes, and The Allman Brothers.
It’s an intriguing track listing and anticipation is already piqued to hear his versions of R.E.M’s ‘Nightswimming’, and James Brown’s ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World’.
Since his breakthrough album ‘Southeastern’ in 2013, Jason Isbell’s career has gone from strength to strength, based on highly literate, relatable, melodic releases and scintillating live performances. Next year promises more of the same with a European tour and a starring role in Martin Scorsese’s new movie ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’.
‘Georgia Blue’ is released on Isbell’s own label Southeastern Records on 15th October 2021.