Notes:: Sad News -Jason Isbell gone from Drive by Truckers


Sometimes you hear some news that you don’t want to be the first one to print. I saw some stuff on Jason Isbell’s mypace yesterday about not being in DBT anymore. It was sad news, and I didn’t want it to be true. Much to my dismay, this morning I woke up and there was a statement from Patterson verifying that it was indeed true. Jason certainly added a major piece to the pie and I can only say that his contributions as a player and songwriter will be missed. We all knew we were seeing something very special with all three of those guys up there singing their songs in one lineup. Like others I’ve championed the Drive By Truckers as the greatest band in the world. I always meant it with conviction, and believed it to be one of the most definitive things I could state. DBT has been around a long time and they will no doubt regroup and maintain that title belt as victors. There certainly is no shortage of great material and the core of Patterson and Cooley is still there to stoke the embers of our souls.

Jason is a rare talent who will no doubt go on to have a long and prosperous career. He has a record coming out on July 10th on New West called Sirens of the Ditch. I’m looking forward to hearing the entire thing. There are three songs from the release on his myspace page and they are all real nice, especially Dress Blues. Finally, I’m happy to say that I saw 4 of their last 5 shows as one unit, only missing the Greenville show.

This is the post from Patterson on the Drive By Truckers site:
Important Announcement. Y’ALL:
It’s with a wide range of emotions and feelings that I’m announcing that we have parted ways with Jason. The split, which I consider extremely amicable is the result of a period of personal and artistic growth from all sides which has left us with differing dreams and goals.
Jason joined our band, mid-tour, in the fall of 2001, shortly after the release of our 4th album (Southern Rock Opera). His impact on the band was immediate and profound, bringing an awe-inspiring combination of vocal range, guitar dexterity, and amazing songwriting and leading us into an era of creativity that has resulted in three albums that I will be proud of for as long as I live.
Life in a band is always a delicate balancing act of personal and musical chemistries. Having been in bands for most of my life, I still marvel that any band stays together for longer than a year. Especially if the band in question spends anywhere from 150-220 days a year on the road, as our band has done since 1998. That said, I have also likened this band to a family. A big, messy, sometimes dysfunctional one, but a family full of love all the same. It is in this spirit that I plan on Jason continuing to be a part of our lives wherever our roads and dreams take us in the immediate future.
Jason is about to embark on a tour (including a leg of dates with Son Volt) with his stellar band and will be releasing (finally) his amazing solo album “Sirens of the Ditch” <> . We all are wishing him nothing but the absolute best on every step that plays before him.
Cooley and I will have played together for 22 years this summer and DBT is about to begin it’s 12th year of existence on the very day that we will be going into the studio to begin recording our 8th album. Cooley recently sent me a demo of five new songs and yesterday I demoed nine new ones for consideration. In addition to Shonna and Brad (who is coming up on ten years in the band) John Neff will be playing with us full time, playing both guitar and pedal steel. John was a founding member of the band in 96 and has already played on four of our albums and has been on the road with us, full time for going on two years.
It is my sincere and and adamant hope that everyone will support all of us, and by that I mean our band and Jason’s, as we deal with this transition. Jason’s tenure in this band has been one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me on a personal and musical level and our love for him and his music is in no way changed or endangered by our collective decision to move into different directions.
In addition to the upcoming THE DIRT UNDERNEATH tour and the recording of our next album, we will also be playing some special ROCK SHOW dates this summer and hope to do another leg or two of THE DIRT UNDERNEATH in the fall.
As always, the bond that we have with each other, as well as with the folks that come to our shows and listen to our records has always been one of the things that has set this band apart. We plan to continue on in that tradition and spirit and hope you will come with us as we attempt to tell another tale and Rock the nights away a little while longer.
Sincerely Yours,
Patterson Hood
Drive-By Truckers
April 6, 2007
thanks to whoever took that picture from New Years in Atlanta
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  1. Anonymous
    Posted Wednesday April 11, 2007 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    The rock will conquer all!!!!

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