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.

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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