Despite moving to the Nashville area over 14 years ago, I had never been to see a show at the legendary Ryman Auditorium.
Fortunately, my wife was able to score some free tickets to not just any show, but Jason Isbell!
I first became familiar with his music back a few years ago when I was heavy into reviewing cars here on my website. Whatever the vehicle they gave me to drive for a week, it always came with SiriusXM.
About half the time, I would keep it on an Alternative Rock station, for myself; and for the other half, I would have it on a Country station, for my wife.
Jason Isbell consistently appeared on both types of stations.
The first song I ever heard of his was Alabama Pines. It naturally caught my attention, as I quickly learned he and I are from the same home state and are about the same age.
Jason Isbell is one of the few modern musicians that my wife and I can agree on 100%. My wife describes him as Americana. I describe him as what good Country Music should sound like.
No obligatory mentions of pick-up trucks and girls wearing their boyfriends’ t-shirts.
Instead, he sings about life and death that make you feel like you’re both alive and dying at the same time.
My wife and I couldn’t have enjoyed the show anymore than we did.
I am convinced that our going to see Jason Isbell perform at the Ryman will be a milestone memory of our shared lives together.