Jason Isbell Explains Listening to Own Music, Reviewers: ‘Only the Good Ones’

by Charles Craighill
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On Twitter, Jason Isbell has recently responded to a few fan questions about his relationship with his music. Several fans have asked him if he listens to his own music or reviews of his music. He answers the questions in the same general way… “only the good ones.”

Jason Isbell gave a similar response to if he listens to his own music. He said that he only listens to his own music on specific occasions. For instance, he will listen when he is “working on or approving it” for release. Similarly, he will occasionally go back and listen to an old project “to see if I’m still the same person.”

As many fans have picked up on, very few “bad reviews” of Isbell’s music exist. This, of course, directly correlates with the fact that Jason Isbell doesn’t put out bad music. In fact, Isbell’s 2020 album Reunions landed a spot on Billboards Top Albums of the Year. He made the list along with artists such as Chris Stapleton and Bruce Springsteen.

Jason Isbell Continues to Make Good Music In 2020

Despite the terrible events that have made up 2020, artists like Jason Isbell continue to find ways to turn it into music. In fact, the tough times and tragedies have reminded him of why he makes music in the first place.

For many musicians like Jason Isbell– and many music listeners for that matter– we gravitate toward music in times of trouble. Music typically acts as a crutch to help us get through difficult times. Whether it acts as an escape from the pressures of whatever’s going on, or as reinforcement that you don’t have to do it alone, music acts as a savior in a lot of ways.

This year, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s new album Reunions has acted as a savior for many amidst the pandemic. Not only did fans benefit from new music, but Isbell made sure that the release also helped small businesses. A week before Isbell released it to the public, he made it available in small record stores. This was just one of the many ways Isbell has helped the music industry during the trying times. He also held a four-night concert run at The Caverns in Pelham Tennessee to benefit the National Independent Venues Association.

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