* Nashville transplant, former Drive-By Trucker and noted solo songwriter Jason Isbell has been doing a lot of press recently in support of his latest LP, Southeastern
, speaking openly about his newfound sobriety and his marriage to fellow musician Amanda Shires. Well, it seems like no one is a bigger Isbell fan (Isbellhead?) than Fresh Air
's Terry "The Gross Meister" Gross, as she sung Jason's praises on this morning's episode, bringing him on for an interview and performance. Listen to the entire Fresh Air
episode right here
. As we mentioned earlier this afternoon
, Isbell will play the Ryman on Aug. 17 alongside fellow Nashvillian Caitlin Rose. More on that in the weeks to come.
* Retro-rooted funky country-rock instrumentalists Steelism are one hot damn band. For proof, click on through after the jump to see them jamming on their tune "Caught in a Pickle," which they filmed for the Spectra Sonic Sound Sessions on Birmingham Mountain Radio's The Audiovore. And get a load of steel master Spencer Cullum Jr.'s windswept locks! What a dreamboat.
* And finally, G.E.D. Soul Records' AJ and the Jiggawatts recently brought their neo-soul to Asheville, N.C.'s RiverMusic. You can see a clip of them playing their gusto-riddled "Throw a Fit" after the jump.