If you go
What: Mountain Stage
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: State Culture Center
Tickets: $15 in advance and $25 at the door
FYI: The lineup for Sunday's FestivALL show includes Jason Isbell, Stephen Kellogg, Amanda Shires, Lora Faye and a selection from the John Walsh project, "The Fields of Gettysburg."
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jason Isbell's latest record, "Southeastern," is a lot of things to a wider public just now becoming familiar with the former Drive-By Truckers guitarist.
It was almost produced by alt-country hero Ryan Adams. It's also the record that marks Isbell's marriage to Texas-bred fiddler Amanda Shires. But most publicly documented and discussed is the fact that "Southeastern" is the first record to find Isbell sober, free of his days of wielding a handle of Jack Daniels on stage almost nightly.
"I feel better. I think the daytime's nice," Isbell said dryly about his newfound clarity since he quit drinking more than a year ago.
"I wasn't really used to being outside too much in the daylight before, but I'm getting used to it and I enjoy it.
"I still try to make music with my friends and do other things and have a good time. But now I remember them the next day," he added, his tone equal parts joking and serious.