After "The Voice" contestant Ryan Innes performs, Muscle Shoals native Jason Isbell headlines the last night of the Utah Arts Festival.
Isbell, 34, served for six years as one of three strong songwriters in The Drive-By Truckers before going solo more than a half-decade ago. As one of the torchbearers for Southern rock, Isbell's new album, "Southeastern," will be released June 11, and in phone interview Isbell said it is a thematic departure of him.
"The recording process was a lot more personal," he said. "It's important to be honest with your audience." Under the direction of producer David Cobb whom Isbell recruited after hearing Cobb's recent production work with the late George Jones Isbell finished the album the same weekend he married singer and violinist Amanda Shires; he wrapped up in the studio on a Thursday at midnight, then on Friday was the rehearsal dinner, Saturday the wedding, and then departed for a honeymoon in Costa Rica on Monday. He admitted that he snuck into the studio for a few touch ups on Sunday.