Over the weekend, Jason Isbell became the latest Americana heavyweight to appear on the newly reincarnated Prairie Home Companion, now hosted by roots musician Chris Thile.
Isbell’s chilling rendition of “Speed Trap Town,” one of the highlights from his 2015 album Something More Than Free, was one of four songs the singer-songwriter played during the historic radio show’s live taping in Philadelphia. In addition to “Speed Trap Town,” Isbell delivered flawless, solo acoustic renditions of favorites from his last two records, including “Something More Than Free,” “24 Frames” and his signature “Cover Me Up” from Southeastern. Watch them below.
“A lot of people in Nashville think that the best song is the catchiest,” Isbell told Rolling Stone last year. “They’re editing songs in a way that make them seem more consumable. I’m trying to edit them in a way that makes them more honest.”
Isbell will continue his heavy year of touring with select dates throughout November and December, wrapping up 2016 with a New Year’s Eve show alongside John Prine and Kacey Musgraves at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.