Release Date: Jul 10, 2007
Record label: New West
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
Although Jason Isbell's rather sudden split from the Drive-By Truckers, after six years of guitar/songwriting employment, was unexpected by most, his debut solo disc had already been four years in the making. Perhaps that explains the appearance of three members of his old band (bassist Shonna Tucker, drummer Brad Morgan, and DBT founder/frontman Patterson Hood, who also co-produced this disc), who assist on nearly every track. Musically Isbell finds a more soulful, generally less guitar-centric groove in this Southern singer/songwriter rock.
When Jason Isbell left/was kicked out of the Drive-by Truckers earlier this year, it was a shock. For the past six years, the 28-year-old guitarist/songwriter had been a principal voice in crafting the band's epic Southern swagger. Sirens of the Ditch, his solo debut, doesn't surprise as much as demonstrate a wider range of styles and sentiments one sensed he always had in him.