By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: Busch Gardens Wine and Food Festival Concert Series, Tampa, Florida. Sunday, March 20, 2017
Jason Isbell is a†Grammy Award†winning American†singer-songwriter†and guitarist known for his solo career and as a former member of the†Drive-By Truckers. With two Grammys and seven Americana awards as both an artist and songwriter, he still looks like a teenager though his stage presence belies that. Despite temperatures that dropped low enough for the roaming Mexican Blanket salesman to do a good business, the crowd was lively and familiar with all the tunes he played and sung, especially the hit something “More Than Free”, the title track from his 2016 Grammy-and Americana award winning album, along with “24 Frames”, another hit from that disc. His backup band, the 400 Unit (which came from a colloquial name for the psychiatric ward of Florence, Alabama’s Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital), did their part to keep things hopping!
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When not in custody, I've been involved with music, photography, and writing my entire life. Ever since I was a young boy and played those silver tunes, I've had the beat, but being a drummer didn't suit me so I became a lead singer, which lasted a few years. Settling down, sort of, I translated my knowledge of audio and glib tongue into mobile emcee work, and my training as a photographer and videographer into a living in the wedding, party, bar/bat mitzvah, and entertainment industry. During this time I also managed to bamboozle my way into a master's degree in writing, worked for a couple of magazines (yes, I took photos for a nudist magazine!), have photographed hotels, done commercial work (shot the cover of Tablet and Capsule magazine), published a few articles, hosted some public access shows (a couple times in drag, but that's another story), and generally made a nuisance of myself until I landed here.