Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell

Communist Daughter

Sat, June 14, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bluebird - Featured Events

Bloomington, IN

$18.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell's music recognizes the aching cold corner of Lonesome Alley and Disillusionment Boulevard as home. In the best outlaw-country music tradition, Isbell unflinchingly calls out life's moments of squalor and shame, while recognizing that those same moments are worthy of grace and transcendence, and that deep transgression and profound love often abide side by side. His brand of country is steeped in Southern twang and badassery, able to channel that tight-lipped, flat-stare matter- of-factness that covers a wellspring of tenderness, a deep emotional connection to the source, and harness it all to the drive of a rock-and-roll heart.

12 years ago, Isbell's career took off when he left a party in a van with (alt-country/Southern-rock gods) Drive-By Truckers, with two travel days to learn their songs (and teach them some of his own in the bargain). After parting ways in 2007, he led his own barn-burning outfit The 400 Unit – named after an Alabama psych ward. Isbell has been described as a "dynamic electric guitarist, heavy on the slide and reverb" and his music as "lyrical rock 'n' roll music with a rural edge to it." His current album Southeastern – recorded not long after a stint in rehab – gives voice to vivid characters, winning the love of music critics from Rolling Stone to Pitchfork to Uncut. Southeastern deals head-on with the messy business of alcoholism, sobriety and life, raising what could be an exercise in musical journaling to a whole different level by virtue of his insightful songwriting.
Communist Daughter
Communist Daughter
A few years ago Johnny Solomon was a fixture in the tight knit Twin Cities music scene. His music received praise from far flung sources. It looked like the beginning of a promising career, but the rising success of his band couldn't mask his struggle with addiction and mental health problems, and quickly eclipsed his budding career. He ended up retreating to a small town across the border in Wisconsin where he assumed his music days were mostly over.

But when he moved out of the Twin Cities his demons followed him. Plagued by his continuing troubles, he spent his nights writing and recording what he thought would be his own eulogy, songs about lost love and lost chances. It wasn't until he met a young singer named Molly that his collection of songs became the beginning of something new. Promising to sing with him if he got clean Johnny began the long road back to music.

Calling his new band Communist Daughter, he moved back across the border and released the debut album Soundtrack to the End in 2010, then checked himself in to treatment. Clean and sober, engaged to the singer Molly Moore, and with their band, (Adam Switlick on bass, Dan Demuth on drums, Al Weiers on guitar and Dillon Marchus on keys and guitars) they released the EP Lions & Lambs in 2012 and toured extensively.
Venue Information:
The Bluebird - Featured Events
216 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN, 47404