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Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls


Keller Auditorium Southwest
Mon., Sept. 11, 8 p.m. 2017 All Ages


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There’s a great Colbert sketch from last year in which Jason Isbell narrates a fake infomercial, claiming to have achieved a lifelong goal after years as a celebrated alt-country singer/songwriter: “None of my songs were the saddest country song ever written—until now, that is.” The segment goes through a laundry list of the stereotypically whisky-soaked woes supposedly featured in this new masterpiece, a joke that works in part because Isbell’s life really does read like an archetype for Americana misfortune. A rising star in the early ’00s with storied country rockers the Drive by Truckers, he was kicked out of the group in 2007, followed by a divorce and a downward spiral into alcoholism. Since going sober in 2012, Isbell’s solo career has leaned on a comfortably redemptive twang, and now that he’s at ease in his own skin, this year’s The Nashville Sound sees him turning his narrative powers outward. NATHAN TUCKER

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222 SW Clay, Portland, OR 97201

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  • Mon., Sept. 11, 8 p.m. 2017