RSD 2017: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit ready covers EP

News / Record Store Day 2017 / February 13, 2017

Jason Isbell has been in the studio this winter working on his follow-up to 2015’s fantastic Something More Than Free. That record is almost done, and Isbell has even begun teasing an announcement on his website.

In the meantime, Isbell just announced that he and his band, The 400 Unit, will be releasing a vinyl-only covers EP for Record Store Day in April. The EP is called Live from Welcome to 1979 and was reportedly recorded live and “directly onto lacquer” at Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 studio.

An official track order for the EP has not yet been announced, but confirmed tracks include “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Sway” (both originally performed by The Rolling Stones), John Prine’s “Storm Windows,” Candi Staton’s “Heart on a String,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” and Drive-By Truckers’ “Never Gonna Change.”

Isbell fans will be familiar with his takes on several of these songs. “Never Gonna Change” is actually an Isbell original, written and recorded while he was a member of Drive-By Truckers. He performs the song regularly as part of his live sets. A cover of “Heart on a String,” meanwhile, appeared on Isbell’s 2011 record Here We Rest, while Isbell and Ryan Adams teamed up for a take on “Sway” last summer at the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco.

Record Store Day is being held on April 22 this year.

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Craig Manning
Craig cares entirely too much about music, specifically that of Bruce Springsteen. He was a Senior Editor at (RIP) and is now a regular contributor at He loves folk, country, and rock 'n' roll.

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