Fact: Black Deer Festival 2018 is the only UK festival to host the brilliant, and multi-award-winning Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit this summer.
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit have had a busy few weeks adding to an already impressive list of accolades for the mantelpiece. Isbell took home the Grammy for Best American Roots Song with ‘If We Were Vampires’, as well as Best Americana Album with sixth studio album, ‘The Nashville Sound’ – produced by Dave Cobb.
Award winning Jason Isbell is coming to the UK in 2018
No stranger to this Grammy-award-winning combo, the songwriter and guitarist won big two years ago at the 58th Grammy Awards for the same categories, taking home Best American Roots Song with ’24 Frames’, and ‘Something More Than Free’ stole the title for Best Americana Album.
Held at Madison Square Garden, Jason took to the podium to pick up the top prize for Best Americana Album and gave homage to his own record label Southeastern Records before The 400 Unit thanked spouses, family, fans and their inspiring record collection:
The 400 Unit comprises of Amanda Shires, Sadler Vaden (guitar), Jimbo Hart (bass), Chad Gamble (drums) and Derrick deBorja (keyboard). Amanda, violinist in the band, and wife of Isbell, is a successful solo artist in her own right and released her own title, ‘My Piece of Land’ back in 2016.
Amanda features on award-winning, emotionally charged track ‘If We Were Vampires’, harmonising with her husband as they sing to one another “maybe we’ll get 40 years together, but one day I’ll be gone, or one day you’ll be gone”. Rolling Stone describe the tearjerker as “a bold move toward embracing vulnerability and, with it, the fragility of life and love” – and gave it the top spot in their 25 Best Country Songs of 2017 feature.
Keeping up award momentum, the end of the same week saw critically acclaimed, ‘The Nashville Sound’ crowned International Album of the Year at the UK Americana Awards 2018 at Hackney Empire, London. This record was also previously shortlisted for Album of the Year by the Country Music Association.
A very momentous week indeed for Isbell, his band, and the Americana genre they so significantly represent.