Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “Be Afraid”

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit share new single "Be Afraid".
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit "Be Afraid"

Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit, release their Reunions LP May 15 via Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers (pre-order here). Produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile) and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, the album features 10 new songs written by Isbell including album track, “Be Afraid,” available to stream, today.

Reunions is Isbell’s seventh full-length studio album and the fourth released with his band, the 400 Unit: Derry deBorja (piano, keyboard, organ, omnichord), Chad Gamble (drums, tambourine), Jimbo Hart (bass), Amanda Shires (fiddle) and Sadler Vaden (acoustic guitar, electric guitar). The new album also includes background vocals from special guests David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Byrds) and Jay Buchanan (Rival Sons). Of the release, Isbell shares, “There are a lot of ghosts on this album. Sometimes the songs are about the ghosts of people who aren’t around anymore, but they’re also about who I used to be, the ghost of myself. I found myself writing songs that I wanted to write fifteen years ago, but in those days, I hadn’t written enough songs to know how to do it yet. Just now have I been able to pull it off to my own satisfaction. In that sense it’s a reunion with the me I was back then.”

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Track List

1. What’ve I Done To Help
2. Dreamsicle
3. Only Children
4. Overseas
5. Running With Our Eyes Closed
6. River
7. Be Afraid
8. St. Peter’s Autograph
9. It Gets Easier
10. Letting You Go

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Live Dates

February 29—Tempe, AZ—Innings Festival
March 26—Savannah, GA—Savannah Music Festival
March 27—St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre
March 28—Mobile, AL—Saenger Theatre
March 29—Montgomery, AL—Montgomery Performing Arts Center
May 22—Boston, MA—Boston Calling
May 29—Bethel, NY—Mountain Jam
June 3—Philadelphia, PA—Met Opera House*
June 4—Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap†
June 5—New York, NY—Rooftop at Pier 17†
June 6—New York, NY—Rooftop at Pier 17†
June 8—Durham, NC—Durham Performing Arts Center‡
June 9—Durham, NC—Durham Performing Arts Center‡
June 11—Atlanta, GA—The Coca-Cola Roxy*
June 12—Atlanta, GA—The Coca-Cola Roxy*
June 13—Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo
June 18—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater*
June 19—Minneapolis, MN—The Armory*
June 20—East Moline, IL—Rust Belt*
June 21—St. Louis, MO—The Stifel Theatre*
June 23—Grand Rapids, MI—DeVos Performance Hall*
June 25—Toronto, ON—Meridian Hall*
June 26—Moon Township, PA—UPMC Events Center*
June 27—Williamsburg, VA—Williamsburg Live at DeWitt Museum Lawn
June 28—Boone, NC—Schafer Center for the Performing Arts (on-sale TBA)
July 18-19—Whitefish, MT—Under The Big Sky Festival
July 20—Vancouver, BC—The Orpheum#
July 21—Seattle, WA—Paramount Theatre#
July 22—Portland, OR—Theater of the Clouds#
July 24—San Francisco, CA—The Warfield Theatre#
July 25—San Francisco, CA—The Warfield Theatre#
July 26—Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl# (on-sale February 14 at 12:00pm local time)
July 28—San Diego, CA—Humphreys Concerts By The Bay#
July 29—Los Angeles, CA—The Greek Theatre#
July 31—Reno, NV—Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort#
August 1—Salt Lake City, UT—Eccles Theater#
August 2—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks+
August 4—Bonner Springs, KS—Providence Medical Center Amphitheater#
August 5—Little Rock, AR—First Security Amphitheater#
August 7—Austin, TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theater#
August 8—Austin TX—ACL Live at the Moody Theater#
August 9—Dallas, TX—Bomb Factory#
August 29—Chicago, IL—Wrigley Field
September 11-13—Bristol, TN—Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
November 6—Oslo, Norway—Spektrum
November 7—Stockholm, Sweden—Stockholm Waterfront
November 8—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega
November 10—Berlin, Germany—Festsaal Kreuzberg
November 11—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso
November 14—Antwerp, Belgium—De Roma
November 15—Koln, Germany—Gloria
November 17—London, UK—Eventim Apollo
November 18—Manchester, UK—Albert Hall
November 19—Dublin, Ireland—Olympia Theatre

*with Strand of Oaks
†with David Crosby & Friends
‡with The War & Treaty
#with Billy Strings
+with Lucinda Williams


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