$40 for two tickets to the Seagrass Concert Series featuring Jason Isbell (up to $86.36 value)
When: Saturday, August 30, at 12 p.m.
Where: Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on Dauphin Island
Door time: 12 p.m.
Ticket values include all fees
When you first heard Jason Isbell: during his stint singing and strumming with the Drive-By Truckers from 2001–07
What you heard: evocative, down-to-earth lyrics and a tear-jerking voice that’s equal parts grit and melody, like the song of a whiskey-drinking blue jay
Solo highlight: 2011’s Here We Rest, recorded during a break in his grueling tour schedule to shine a light on his native Alabama after the 2008 recession
His latest: 2013’s Southeastern, which landed him several 2014 AMA nominations, including Best Song, Best Album, and Artist of the Year
Isbell in the words of the New York Times: “One of America’s thoroughbred songwriters, with a knack for rueful melodies and the kind of grainy blue-collar detail that pins a song in your mind”
Joining Isbell: Bayou-soul artist Marc Broussard of “Where You Are” and “Home” fame, violinist Amanda Shires—Isbell’s wife, who was seen alongside Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong—and locals Ryan Balthrop and Lisa Mills