Jason Isbell, Widowspeak | Lincoln Theatre | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Jason Isbell, Widowspeak 

When: Tue., July 2, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $14-17

There's no better apprenticeship than third guitarist in raucous Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers. After six years, Isbell went solo with 2007's Sirens of the Ditch. That album and 2009's Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit range widely stylistically, incorporating woozy blues-rag, mid-tempo roots-rock, dreamy piano ballads, '70s power pop and songwriter rock. There's a softer-edged roots vibe informed by The Eagles and Jackson Browne. Isbell spun back toward country on 2011's Here We Rest. It's his finest, from the alluring '70s soul-rock of "Heart on a String" through the folksy "Alabama Pines" to the brilliant "Codeine," a dark country ode to drug-plying manipulators and shitty cover bands. Two weeks ago, Isbell released Southeastern, an austere effort that's along the country-roots vein of its predecessor but more informed by an acoustic singer-songwriter aesthetic. The moody and intimate album isn't consistently arresting enough musically or lyrically to sustain the energy of its spare tight-focus songs. That's not to discount highlights such as the lonely duet "Stockholm" and the jangly confessional "Different Days," in which he sings, "Jesus loves a sinner, but the highway loves a sin." Widowspeak opens. —Chris Parker

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