Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit and their fans celebrated the release of their latest studio album on Friday with the arrival of Reunions via Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers. To mark the release of his first studio effort since 2017’s The Nashville Sound, the Americana rock guitarist and his equally talented wife Amanda Shires took the stage at an empty Brooklyn Bowl Nashville for a live-streamed performance on Friday night, which also acted as the first-ever (fanless) concert at the new Nashville venue which was supposed to open earlier this year.
Friday night’s acoustic show from Isbell on guitar and Shires on violin in the empty venue was streamed online for free, although donations were encouraged to help raise money for Isbell’s road crew along with the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The 14-song set saw the two perform a mix of tunes featured on Reunions, along with a cover of Warren Zevon‘s “Mutineer” during the encore to go with a few botched-but-fixed attempts at originals like “Running with Our Eyes Closed” and “St. Peter’s Autograph”.
Watch the stripped-down performance from Isbell and Shires on Friday below.
Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires — Brooklyn Bowl Nashville — 5/15/20 — [Pro-Shot, Full-Show]
[Video: Jason Isbell]
Click here to read Live For Live Music staff writer Michael Broerman‘s review of Reunions.
Can’t yet put into words how special this was + how deeply our gratitude runs, but we’re sure as hell gonna try. For now, thank you. To Jason, Amanda, their crew; our staff who made it happen strategically + safely, to all of you for “showing up” – what a perfect opening night 🖤 pic.twitter.com/mzPqWvPTQI
— Brooklyn Bowl Nashville (@BBowlNashville) May 16, 2020
Setlist: Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires | Brooklyn Bowl Nashville | Nashville, TN | 5/15/2
Set: What’ve I Done to Help, Dreamsicle, Only Children, Overseas, Running with Our Eyes Closed*, River, Be Afraid, St. Peter’s Autograph*, It Gets Easier, Letting You Go
Encore: Mutineer (Warren Zevon cover), Cover Me Up
* Aborted and Restarted