Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit were back at the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday for the fifth performance as part of the country-rock guitarist’s ongoing seven-show residency at the beloved Nashville venue. Isbell was joined in support on Wednesday by veteran blues musician, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes.
Following Holmes’ opening set, Isbell and his band took the stage of the Nashville concert hall for an 18-song performance which featured some rare selections from his extensive songbook and beyond. The show started with a mix of originals in “Hope the High Road”, “Anxiety”, and “Overseas” followed by Drive-By Truckers favorite, “Decoration Day”. Next up came a pair of tunes from Isbell’s 2017 The Nashville Sound album with “White Mans’ World” and “Last of My Kind”.
The show continued with “Codeine” and “Tour of Duty”, followed by another one of Isbell’s Drive-By Truckers tunes, “Goddamn Lonely Love”. After rocking out to “Streetlights”, “Stockholm”, “Flying Over Water”, and “If It Takes a Lifetime”, Isbell and his band delivered their first live performance of “We’ve Met” from 2011’s Here We Rest since April 2012. The set came to a close following “Cover Met Up” and “Super 8”. The band returned to the stage to close the show with a two-song encore comprised of a cover of Dire Straits‘ “Brothers in Arms” and “24 Frames”.
Watch Isbell’s encore performances of “Brothers in Arms” and “24 Frames” below.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “Brothers in Arms” [Dire Straits cover] – 10/23/19
[Video: C Ford]
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – “24 Frames” – 10/23/19
[Video: Chris Rogers]
Isbell’s Ryman residency will pick up again on Friday (October 25th) comes to a close the following evening on Saturday, October 26th. Head to Jason Isbell’s website for a full list of his upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.
Scroll down for a full gallery of photos from Wednesday’s performance, courtesy of photographer Ron Valle.
Setlist: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit | Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN | 10/23/2019
Set: Hope the High Road, Anxiety, Overseas, Decoration Day (Drive-By Truckers cover), White Man’s World, Last of My Kind, Codeine, Tour of Duty, Goddamn Lonely Love (Drive-By Truckers cover), Streetlights, Stockholm, Flying Over Water, If It Takes a Lifetime, We’ve Met*, Cover Me Up, Super 8
Encore: Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits cover), 24 Frames
* First time played since 4/29/2012