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What You Need to Know About Jason Isbell’s New Album

Jason Isbell’s fifth studio LP, Something More Than Free, will be released through Southeastern Records on July 17. The album will be the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2013 release, Southeastern, which was recorded shortly after he completed rehab for alcohol-related problmes.

Something More Than Free was produced by Dave Cobb, who also worked on previous full-length and recent releases from Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and Jamey Johnson. All 11 of the new record’s tracks were written by Isbell himself. His wife, Amanda Shires, provides harmonies and violin throughout the record.

The first single off Isbell’s upcoming release is “24 Frames”, which has more of an indie-rock sound, a staple of his hometown in Athens, Ga. The album, as a whole, is more upbeat with obvious Southern rock influences, compared to the more grim and instrumentally sparse Southeastern.

“It doesn’t seem to be as depressing as the last record,” Isbell said of his new album in a recent interview with Radio. “I mean, life is depressing and funny and great all at the same time, but that last record did have a pretty high body count, and I don’t think this one’s quite as somber in tone.”

The track listing for Something More Than Free is as follows:

1. If It Takes a Lifetime
2. 24 Frames
3. Flagship
4. How to Forget
5. Children of Children
6. The Life You Chose
7. Something More Than Free
8. Speed Trap Town
9. Hudson Commodore
10. Palmetto Rose
11. To a Band That I Loved

Isbell will be on tour supporting the release of his new album through October. A full list of tour dates has been posted at his official website.

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What You Need to Know About Jason Isbell’s New Album