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2023 Albums Thing 179 - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit “Live From the Ryman”

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The Ryman Auditorium stands at 116 Rep. John Lewis Way North, Nashville, Tennessee. It opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892 and on June 5, 1943 WSM/NBC first broadcast The Grand Ole Opry radio show from the Ryman. Due to the power of their transmitters the Opry could be heard across much of the USA and was pivotal in spreading Country Music across the country. After performances by Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hope and Doris Day the auditorium earned the nickname of “The Carnegie Hall of the South” but in the main, due to its association with the Grand Ole Opry the Ryman is known as  "The Mother Church of Country Music”. To be invited to play on The Grand Ole Opry is an honour for Country musicians to this day. . The radio show moved into a new purpose built home in 1974 but the Ryman still operates as a venue and is still regarded as one of the great stages in the USA. 

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit have played at the Ryman many, many times. “Live From The Ryman” was recorded on their 6 night stand there in October 2017 and they’ve pretty much played a regular week+ stand there ever since,  and they’ll be back for 8 nights in 2023. This album is a faithful recording of the tour to support the release of “The Nashville Sound”. Everything you’d expect is here (and “Flying Over Water” even makes an unwelcome appearance!).

“Hope The High Road” is a great opener, the performances of “Elephant”, “Last Of My Kind”, “Cover Me Up and “If We Were Vampires” are beautiful. It’s a live album, I don’t really have much more to tell you than that.

Cover Me Up - https://youtu.be/t40nr9ZXr_4?si=_ET67CHxfKXVg2e4

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