Last night Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit kicked off their lengthy summer tour at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, North Carolina. Isbell and his backing band, which currently includes his wife Amanda Shires on fiddle and backing vocals, are out on the road in support of their just-released studio album The Nashville Sound.
Isbell & Co.’s 16-song main set featured a mix of tracks from both his solo career and his days with the Drive-By Truckers. The night featured fan-favorites like “Stockholm,” “Traveling Alone,” “24 Frames” and “Cover Me Up.” The setlist also included “Decoration Day” and “Outfit,” two songs that Isbell wrote and sang lead on during his tenure with the Truckers. Isbell also offered up a healthy dose of new material, playing six of the ten songs off his latest release.
The band saved its biggest surprise for the end of the night as they honored the late Gregg Allman with a cover of “Whipping Post.” It was Isbell & The 400 Unit’s debut performance of the Allman Brothers Band classic, but you would never have known it as they stretched the tune out to the eight-minute mark in true ABB fashion with a number of extended solos.
Watch video of “Whipping Post” captured by Tommy Pritchett, and check out the full setlist below: