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September 11, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Jason Isbell packs Tuesday night show at Neumos

Jason Isbell’s new album, “Southeastern,” is a low-key affair that, even when it tries to rock, feels restrained. The Alabama singer-songwriter’s show Tuesday night at a packed Neumos was anything but, with he and his killer band elevating their new material past the trap of mid-tempo singer-songwriter doldrums.

Isbell got his energetic set started with “Flying Over Water,” just one of numerous cuts off his new album that sounded more dynamic live. It wasn’t just the new songs that got a rocking revision propelled by drummer Chad Gamble’s insistent beats. Numbers like “Go It Alone,” off Isbell’s 2011 album, “Here We Rest,” benefited from Isbell and his band, the 400 Unit, letting loose as well. 


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