As much of a fan of the Drive-By Truckers that I am, I was just never really into Isbell’s solo stuff. I stopped paying attention a few years ago and just kinda forgot about him, but I came across this tune last night and it blew me away. In fact, the entire album that this song is off of is spectacular.
This is one of the most heartwrenching songs I have ever had the privilege to listen to.
If you are unfamiliar with Jason Isbell — or the Drive-By Truckers for that matter — give “Elephant” a spin and check out the rest of his 2013 record, Southeastern.
After spending six years with Southern rock outfit Drive-By Truckers, singer/guitarist Jason Isbell left the group in 2007 to pursue a solo career. Isbell had already honed his songwriting skills during his tenure with the Truckers, and he funneled those talents into Sirens of the Ditch, a bluesy, punk-infused lesson in guitar tones and Southern swagger that marked his solo debut in summer 2007…[read more]