Hear Jason Eady's Contemplative New Song 'Barabbas'

Singer-songwriter imagines the life of a lesser-known biblical figure in track from self-titled album, out April 21st

Jason Eady narrates the life of the titular "Barabbas," who was pardoned before Jesus' crucifixion, in a new song. Credit: Courtesy of Missing Piece Group

Country music has long been known for telling lesser known stories, celebrating the underdogs and underbellies in equal measure. Jason Eady takes a cue from that tradition on his new song "Barabbas," a meditation on the little-discussed biblical figure who played an essential role in the Crucifixion story.

The plaintive song is performed from the perspective of Barabbas himself, a prisoner who was pardoned from crucifixion in place of Jesus. The first-person account details Barabbas' later attempts to make sense of his life as "a pardoned man." Hear it below.

The song comes from Eady's forthcoming self-titled album, out April 21st. The Kevin Welch-produced album, Eady's sixth overall, is the follow-up to 2014's acclaimed Daylight/Dark. Rolling Stone Country premiered the album's first single, the gentle "Why I Left Atlanta," late last month.

Eady recently began a string of U.S. and European tour dates that continues through late June. See a full list of tour dates below:

March 5 – Fort Worth, TX @ Live Oak Music Hall w/ Courtney Patton & Ben Danaher
March 9 – Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads Saloon
March 10 – Waterloo, NE @ Bucks Bar & Grill w/ Courtney Patton
March 11 – Dallas, TX @ Poor David's Pub w/ Walt Wilkins & Max Stalling
March 25 – Greenville, TX @ Greenville Municipal Auditorium w/ Neal McCoy
March 26 – The Woodlands, TX @ Dosey Do w/ Courtney Patton & Drew Kennedy
April 4 – Galway, Ireland @ The Loft at Seven Bridge Street
April 5 – Clifden, Ireland @ Griffin's Bar
April 7 – Lahinch, Ireland @ Kenny's Bar
April 14 – Austin, TX @ The Saxon Pub
April 15 – Galveston, TX @ Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe
April 18 – Little Rock, AR @ The White Water Tavern
April 19 – Nashville, TN @ The Family Wash/Garage Coffee
April 20 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers
April 21 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Door
April 26 – San Antonio, TX @ Sam's Burger Joint
April 27 – Houston, TX @ McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
April 28 – Fredericksburg, TX @ Luckenbach Dance Hall
May 6 – New Braunfels, TX @ Wein and Saengerfest
May 7 – Fort Worth, TX @ Live Oak Music Hall
May 27 – Vicenza, Italy @ Country Road Clubhouse w/ Courtney Patton
June 17 – Aubrey, TX @ Aubrey Festival Grounds
June 24 – Filer, ID @ HWY 30 Music Fest