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Jason Isbell-Video of The Week!

Jason Isbell – Amanda Shires – Video of The Week!

Jason Isbell… With all of us having to be stuck at home trying to keep our sanity. One thing that kept us sane is watching NPR’s Tiny Desk Sessions. Furthermore, you may even find an artist that you did not know about, and they inspire you. While bouncing all over the place when it comes to music, I have these two inspiring artists to listen to. Just like most artists dealing with the pandemic, they too were grateful to perform for their fans. Even if it is in the barn! The songs for this Tiny Desk (home) concert are from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s Spring release, Reunions. 

“Dreamsicle” shares the story of a child seeing his family falling apart all around. Reflecting on those times, he finds fond memories, and the chorus of the song — “a Dreamsicle on a summer night in a folding lawn chair” — conjures up bright light even amidst the darkness.

The final song, “It Gets Easier,” deals with Jason’s drinking demons, with a refrain filled with such stark truth. “It gets easier, but it never gets easy.” These words could be an anthem for all those in recovery. It is the nature of Jason Isbell to sing the truth. He does it here with his remarkably talented partner and — unbeknownst to Mercy — a daughter that gives them strength.

A special shout to Bob Boilen and NPR’s Tiny Desk For bringing such amazing artists to the desk. Enjoy!

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