Ah Grayson, you're too predictable. You've taken a piss at Isbell every time you've had the chance. We get it, you don't like him.
The show was outstanding, from Sturgill's first note until Jason's last, but you wouldn't know that, having left early.
There are at least a couple of folks who wouldn't agree with you as Mr. Isbell just swept the Americana Music awards, taking all three categories he was nominated in. Top Artist, Best Album, and Best Song.
Rest in peace Kelly.
Cry Of Love, including Kelly's smoking vocals and Audley's searing guitar are a huge part of the sound track of my life in Raleigh for the 90's, a decade full of some of the best music I've ever been a part of, and they were all from Raleigh.
You will be missed.
I have some great memories from The Berkeley. I was there the night Scott is talking about, when Gregg Allman showed up and played with Chester Cash. I had gone to the men's room and literally bumped into him and went back to my girlfriend and told her that I just ran into this guy "who looked just like Gregg Allman." Next thing I know he's up and playing with the band. Saw many many great bands there. Sad to see it go.
"I'm just glad I live in a place where it's easy for a music editor to come up with a Top 10 local album list that's hard to argue with but would be easy to add to. "
I can't believe that American Aquarium's Burn, Flicker, Die is not on this list!
I respectfully yet strongly disagree with Mr. Currin's assessment of Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit's new record/music in general.
He states that Jason need Hood & Cooley more than they need him? I believe that if he still wanted to be writing DBT songs, he wouldn't have his own band. Currin also says that Isbell's music is sometimes "cumbersome and coarse Southern bar rock," ...hello, have you listened to the Truckers lately?
Honestly, I love both bands and the split is basically what "artistic difference" is all about. IMNSHO, Jason couldn't let all of his true creativity out and still fit the DBT mold. I think that Sirens Of The Ditch is one of the best records I have ever owned. Since I only picked up the new disc Friday night @ the show, I don't feel that I could give a good opinion of it, although the songs I have been listening to from the website, Seven-Mile Island, and Cigarettes And Wine are both outstanding.
I also believe that Isbell's DBT efforts are some of the bands best songs and that they need him more than they or Mr. Currin are willing to admit.
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