Name: Jason Isbell
Featured track: "Alabama Pines" from Here We Rest
Country/City of origin: Nashville, Tennessee
In one sentence: "For Jason Isbell fans who have missed the grit and storytelling acumen the singer-songwriter once brought to Drive-By Truckers, much of his Here We Rest will be as welcome as a long-lost childhood buddy turning up late one night with a cold six-pack." - AV Club
Why we chose him: Isbell's post-Drive-By Truckers solo career has walked a fine line between raw, gutsy originals and bluesy tunes; he's created the wandering soul's anthem in the likes of “Cigarettes and Wine" and "Alabama Pines." 2011's Here We Rest returns Isbell to his Muscle Shoals roots, where the focus is less pop polish, more heartfelt lyrics and impressive guitar licks.
SXSW official show: Thursday, March 14 at St. David's Historic Sanctuary