Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit have announced the forthcoming release of their next studio album, to be titled, Reunions. The announcement on Monday also came with the arrival of the project’s first single, entitled “Be Afraid”, as well as confirmation of plans to tour North America, Europe, and the U.K. alongside Billy StringsDavid Crosby & Friends, and more.

Isbell and the 400 Unit’s follow-up studio effort to 2017’s Grammy-winning The Nashville Sound will arrive this spring on May 15th.

Related: David Crosby, Jason Isbell Tease Possible Studio Collaboration

High amplification, pulsating drums, and fast-paced lyrics launch the listener into the new single following its brief intro that sets up the main guitar riff. “Be Afraid” migrates back-and-forth between poignant advice and tongue-in-cheek wordplay before launching into the contradictory chorus, “Be afraid, be very afraid/But do it anyway, do it anyway.” Isbell also acknowledges his own public outspokenness, reminding both himself and his audience that he won’t waste his platform, “We won’t take requests, we won’t shut up and sing.”

Listen to the new single in full below.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “Be Afraid”

[Video: Jason Isbell]

Isbell and the 400 Unit’s next show is scheduled for later this month with an appearance at the baseball inspired-Innings Festival in Tempe, AZ on February 29th. From there, the band is off the road until March 26th when they play Savannah Music Festival in Georgia. The new dates include stops at iconic venues including the Met Opera House in Philadelphia, PA (6/3); a two-night run at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA (6/24-25); Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO (8/2); and many more. The band has also been included in several recent lineup announcements for 2020 summer festivals, including Mountain JamBoston Calling, and Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival.

For tickets head to Isbell’s website, and check out a full list of dates below. Tickets for the newly-announced dates go on sale February 14th at 10 a.m. local time.


February 29—Tempe, AZ—Innings Festival
March 26—Savannah, GA—Savannah Music Festival
March 27—St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre
March 28—Mobile, AL—Saenger Theatre
March 29—Montgomery, AL—Montgomery Performing Arts Center
May 22—Boston, MA—Boston Calling
May 29—Bethel, NY—Mountain Jam
June 3—Philadelphia, PA—Met Opera House*
June 4—Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap†
June 5—New York, NY—Rooftop at Pier 17†
June 6—New York, NY—Rooftop at Pier 17†
June 8—Durham, NC—Durham Performing Arts Center‡
June 9—Durham, NC—Durham Performing Arts Center‡
June 11—Atlanta, GA—The Coca-Cola Roxy*
June 12—Atlanta, GA—The Coca-Cola Roxy*
June 13—Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo
June 18—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater*
June 19—Minneapolis, MN—The Armory*
June 20—East Moline, IL—Rust Belt*
June 21—St. Louis, MO—The Stifel Theatre*
June 23—Grand Rapids, MI—DeVos Performance Hall*
June 25—Toronto, ON—Meridian Hall*
June 26—Moon Township, PA—UPMC Events Center*
June 27—Williamsburg, VA—Williamsburg Live at DeWitt Museum Lawn
June 28—Boone, NC—Schafer Center for the Performing Arts (on-sale TBA)
July 18-19—Whitefish, MT—Under The Big Sky Festival
July 20—Vancouver, BC—The Orpheum#
July 21—Seattle, WA—Paramount Theatre#
July 22—Portland, OR—Theater of the Clouds#
July 24—San Francisco, CA—The Warfield Theatre#
July 25—San Francisco, CA—The Warfield Theatre#
July 26—Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl# (on-sale February 14 at 12:00pm local time)
July 28—San Diego, CA—Humphreys Concerts By The Bay#
July 29—Los Angeles, CA—The Greek Theatre#
July 31—Reno, NV—Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort#
August 1—Salt Lake City, UT—Eccles Theater#
August 2—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks+
August 4—Bonner Springs, KS—Providence Medical Center Amphitheater#
August 5—Little Rock, AR—First Security Amphitheater#
August 7—Austin, TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theater#
August 8—Austin TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theater#
August 9—Dallas, TX—Bomb Factory#
August 29—Chicago, IL—Wrigley Field
September 11-13—Bristol, TN—Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
November 6—Oslo, Norway—Spektrum
November 7—Stockholm, Sweden—Stockholm Waterfront
November 8—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega
November 10—Berlin, Germany—Festsaal Kreuzberg
November 11—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso
November 14—Antwerp, Belgium—De Roma
November 15—Koln, Germany—Gloria
November 17—London, UK—Eventim Apollo
November 18—Manchester, UK—Albert Hall
November 19—Dublin, Ireland—Olympia Theatre 

*with Strand of Oaks
†with David Crosby & Friends
‡with The War & Treaty
#with Billy Strings
+with Lucinda Williams

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[H/T TheBoot]