Last week Jason Isbell brought his version of the rock show to Tampa for the third time since his split from the Truckers. Much like the Shackshaker’s show a couple of weeks ago, I’ve seen enough Isbell shows that at this point it’s getting redundant to write the same review each time he comes to town. That said, this seemed like a good time to give the ol’ “live tweet” thing another run. Here are the results:
@autopsy4: Isbell has started & they sound great.
@autopsy4: New drummer?
@autopsy4: Killing it. A few years ago Jason was so timid as the front man. Now, 100% confident.
@autopsy4: God damn lonely love. FUCK YES!!!!!
@autopsy4: Must be the Truckers cover segment of the show. Color me happy! Remember when the Truckers played Tampa?
@autopsy4: Surprised he’s playing Dress Blues so early.
@autopsy4: @BroStephenScott I miss the Truckers w/Jason too.
@autopsy4: We’re at the Browan’s song part of the show. He needs a new song.
@autopsy4: http://twitpic.com/4p8ug – Another club gets the love
@autopsy4: No Isbell show would be complete w/o Outfit
@autopsy4: The drunk guy in front of me thinks the words to the song are “slobber slobber slobber slob”
@autopsy4: Same drunk dude likes to tell the band how much they rock at every lull.
@autopsy4: Covering Patterson’s Killer
@autopsy4: Rather. The Assassin
@autopsy4: I need a Twitter app with customizable automatic has tags
@autopsy4: It is the witching hour. Imma bout to have to go regardless of show completion
There you go. Prior to the show I was curious how the newer, more mellow material would go over live. Honestly, I really just wanted the new songs to be over. I miss the rocking Jason…a lot. I like the new album in my car, but I’m not sure I dig it very much in a live environment.
I wanna take a moment to drop some love on the opening act, Red Cortez. Maybe I go to too many shows, maybe I’m jaded or maybe I’m just a prick but I usually try to get to shows sometime after the opening act has taken the stage and I rarely pay them any mind. Red Cortez wasn’t to be any different.
Then they started playing.
I’d love to tell you I got up off my ass, ran inside and watched their entire set but that’s not how it played out. I didn’t go inside, I opted instead to watch the show through the glass doors of the club but was impressed enough to buy their EP off their web site the next day.
Red Cortez is a quartet out of California. They have an EP entitled, Hands To The Wall. While short (6 tracks) it’s as catchy as man-bear-pig flu. Musically it really reminds me of The Zutons sometimes while lyrically it’s smart and topical.