Jason Isbell: A 'Southeastern' Songwriter's Path To Sobriety by NPR Staff

Jun 11, 2013

Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell outside their home in Nashville, Tenn.
Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell outside their home in Nashville, Tenn.

There are a few things worth knowing about singer-songwriter : The round softness of his speech comes from his roots in rural Alabama. He has lyrics from a song inked on his forearm. He got his musical start with the hard-charging alt-country and Southern-rock band , and during those years, Isbell was drunk on stage — pretty much every time.

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