Country music singer Jason Isbell is ready to get back to work when places open back up for live music. His first stop? The Ryman Auditorium.
Isbell responded to a tweet from independent record label Oh Boy Records, which produces records for artists like the late John Prine, Kelsey Walden, Dan Reeder, Tre’ Burt, and Arlo McKinley.
Simply put, Isbell is ready to go.
Isbell and his band, The 400 Unit, have been making yearly residencies at the Ryman as part of their itinerary for the past few years. He had a stretch of 20 straight sell-outs at the historic country music venue.
The Ryman, for decades, was home to the Grand Ole Opry as a regular Saturday night radio show on Nashville’s historic WSM-AM. Currently, it’s the longest-running radio show in American history.
Jason Isbell Finds Ryman As A Special Place To Play
Playing at the famous auditorium is more than just another show to Isbell. It’s nearly a religious experience, too.
“There’s no rock-star bull—t at the Ryman,” Isbell told Rolling Stone in 2018. “There’s no barricade, there’s no security between me and the people listening to me.
“And you look up from the stage and there’s all these church windows and church pews and, even if you’re not necessarily a religious person, you’re thinking about the spirituality of the situation and how some people are in there having a real serious moment.”
From 2019, here are Isbell and his band performing “Cover Me Up” at the Ryman.
“Happy to be here at the greatest place on Earth,” Isbell told a Ryman crowd in 2019 before singing, “24 Frames.”
Isbell Finds Inspiration For Some Songs In His Parents
Isbell’s parents were teenagers when he was born in 1979. Life for him and his parents had moments of struggle, which might have played a role in his parents divorcing.
But he has said that his mother and father have been an inspiration for a good number of his songs.
“My parents are both used to becoming characters in my songs,” Isbell told Play Full. “I know they are by now if they weren’t then.