Jason Isbell on realizing privilege and using his voice to speak up on important issues

On his new album The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell underlines his reputation as one of the finest songwriters and lyricists to come out of the American South.
Jason Isbell (right) with Tom Power in studio q. (Melody Lau/CBC )
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Jason Isbell has released a new record that tackles everything from the Southern political climate to a woman's struggle in Nashville, to the frailty of human life.

Since leaving the Drive-By Truckers in 2007, Isbell went from a being a musical curiosity to a songwriter with a rare ability to connect.

Many of his best tunes have originated in Isbell's personal experience battling addiction. While those tunes looked inward, his new record The Nashville Sound finds Isbell looking out at the world around him.

— Produced by Mitch Pollock

On his new album The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell underlines his reputation as one of the finest songwriters and lyricists to come out of the American South. 22:54

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