Song Premiere: Jason Isbell - "Cover Me Up"

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Jason Isbell has come a long way since his impromptu stint with Drive-By Truckers over a decade ago, building a following as Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and continually producing honest albums and memorable performances.

Isbell’s forthcoming album Southeastern is even more deeply personal than his previous work, but that doesn’t mean it’s the same Isbell you’ve heard before. He trusted producer David Cobb (Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson) to give this record something extra.

“A lot of my favorite songwriters and recording artists are afraid,” Isbell said in a recent press release. “Afraid to turn anything over to a producer, so they continue to make the same record over and over and over and over. More often than not, really. It’s really frustrating for me.”

Cobb seemed like the right fit for a variety of reasons, but Isbell indicated that Cobb’s work with George Jones was a big factor.

”“The song that he did with George Jones was a minute and a half, two minutes long, but the production of it was perfect because he nailed every single era of George’s career,” Isbell said. “And that really impressed me. A lot.”

Southeastern is set for release on June 11, but you can listen to “Cover Me Up,” the first track from the album, in the player below.

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