Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Tour Including SXSW and Free Press Summerfest

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Wakarusa 2009: Saturday
Jason Isbell at Wakarusa 2009, Photo by Jim Bricker

In a press release sent out today, we found out a nice little unannounced addition to the 2011 Free Press Summerfest. Former Drive-By Truckers member and current solo artist Jason Isbell will bring his band 400 Unit to the main stage at the third year, Houston home-grown festival. Besides an intense full month of shows throughout pretty much the entirety of the United States and Canada, Isbell will also be all over next week’s SXSW music conference, playing both solo and with 400 unit. He should also be seen as an auxiliary member of one of my most anticipated SXSW acts, Middle Brother, as he did on their eponymous debut album. If you haven’t heard of Middle Brother yet, I highly suggest checking them out – It’s the mixing and matching of the songwriting talents in Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and John McCauley of Deer Tick. Really solid stuff.

Read on for a whole list of Jason Isbell’s tour dates, including all of his SXSW stops.

Jason Isbell SXSW appearances
Wedneday, March 16th – 4:40pm -The Billy Reid/K-Swiss Shindig @ Swan Dive (Jason Solo)
Thursday, March 17th – 11:00pm – Thirty Tigers 10th Anniversary Party @ Swan Dive (Full Band)
Friday, March 18th – 12:00pm – Rolling Stone Party @ La Zona Rosa (Full Band)
2:00pm – Brooklyn Vegan Party @ Barbarella (Full Band)

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit North American Tour Dates
May 12 – Dead Dog Saloon – Murrells Inlet, SC
May 13 – The Windjammer – Isle of Palms, SC
May 14 – Soapbox Laundro Lounge – Wilmington, NC
May 15 – Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
May 17 – Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 – Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co. – Harrisburg, PA
May 20 – Rock n Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
May 21 – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY
May 22 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
May 24 – Southgate House – Cincinnati, OH
May 25 – Castle Theater – Bloomington, IN
May 26 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
May 27 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
May 28 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
May 30 – Showboat Saloon – Wisconsin Dells, WI
May 31 – The Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
June 4 – The Parish – Austin, TX
June 5 – Free Press Summerfest – Houston, TX
June 7 – The Blue Light – Lubbock, TX
June 9 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
June 10 – State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
June 13 – The Biltmore – Vancouver, BC
June 14 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
June 15 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
June 17 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
June 19 – The Troubadour – Los Angeles
June 20 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA

I’m really excited to catch these guys again as it’s been a few years since the last time. Hopefully I can make it to one of Isbell’s SXSW showcases, especially that free Brooklyn Vegan day party which also features the likes of J. Mascis, Old 97’s, Deer Tick with Johnny Corndawg, The Dodos, Vetiver and the aforementioned Middle Brother. I’ve a strong feeling I’ll be waiting in line for that one…