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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Second Sunday Hosts a Hellraiser

Hell, fire and damnation, the College Hill Corridor Commission landed Jason Isbell for the Second Sunday Gospel Brunch! Now, if that don't make you want to swear on Sunday, I don't know what will.

Maybe one day we'll get to the point where we'll quit saying he's a former Drive-By Trucker and instead, confine him to his solo career . . . I mean, Johnny Cash was once in a band, but we quit talking about that ages ago. Until then, that's where this song-spittin' Alabama boy came from, and there are still many a Truckers fans who will swear on their mamas' graves that Isbell wrote some of the band's best music to date.

His solo work has shown he's grown beyond the nitty-gritty. The boy's a crooner when it comes down to it, and his Southern roots are just as much of a gentleman as they are a hillbilly. And while you can never take the hellfire out of a Trucker, put him on a small stage and you've got a simple man's southern soul. "Cigarettes and Wine" anyone?

Go to church that morning and save up your sins for later. The music starts at 6 p.m. with Random Family Records' elegant yet edgy Oh Dorian opening the show. Get there early because with this being a free show with such a high cotton touring artist, Washington Park is going to be packed.

I'll be there . . . swearin,' spittin,' sayin' amen and singin' along.


Candy Lou

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