Ahead of the release of his new album, Reunions, out 15th May on Thirty Tigers, Grammy-Award winner Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit today reveal their new track ‘Dreamsicle’.
In this widely relatable look at children surviving divorce, Isbell leans on vivid imagery that conjures up not only a sense of loss but also the sensation of childhood in ‘Dreamsicle’. “I was thinking a lot about myself and my wife because we were both very young when our parents split up,” he says. “I was blending our two stories. It’s not exactly a heartbreaking song, it’s just sort of a picture of a kid’s life. I wanted to keep the voice of the child-narrator but also retain a retrospective to show it’s something the child survived.”
Jason’s forthcoming UK tour will include a show at London’s Eventim Apollo on November 17th. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will also play the following European dates with support from The Rails…
November 6th – OSLO, Norway, Spektrum
7th – STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Waterfront
8th – COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Vega
10th – BERLIN, Germany, Festsaal Kreuzberg
11th – AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Paradiso
14th – ANTWERP, Belgium, De Roma
15th – KOLN, Germany, Gloria
17th – LONDON, UK, Eventim Apollo
18th – MANCHESTER, UK, Albert Hall
19th – DUBLIN, Ireland, Olympia Theatre
“Success is a very nice problem to have but I think ‘how do I get through it and not lose what made me good in the first place?’” Isbell says. “A lot of these songs and the overall concept of this album is how do I progress as an artist and a human being and still keep that same hunger that I had when I wasn’t quite so far along in either respect.” Isbell’s solution: to go back in time with his hard-gained knowledge.
The result is a seamless collection of ten new songs that delve into relationships with lovers, friends, children, parents, and one’s self. There are rousing anthems that will have stadiums singing along, lyrical standouts that highlight some of Isbell’s best writing to date, moving looks at youth and childhood, a deep dive into the challenges of relationships, and deeply personal songs about alcoholism and parenthood. All of them offer us an artist at the height of his powers and a band fully charged with creativity and confidence.
At the back end of last year, Isbell sold out his inaugural, self-curated ShoalsFest, that took place in October in Muscle Shoals, AL, with performances from Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples & Amanda Shires, in addition to Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit. The band also performed a seven-night sold out run at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium, making it the longest stand the group has had at the venue to date.