Jason Isbell Delivers A Songwriter Masterclass With New Album ‘Weathervanes’

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Alyssa Gafkjen

Jason Isbell has done it again.

He and the 400 Unit are back with his latest record Weathervanes, and in case you forgot, he’s still one of the greatest songwriters to ever do it.

The new album proves it.

With the 400 Unit backing him, one of the greatest backing bands in the business, Jason Isbell has struck gold with Weathervanes. As sonically satisfying as it is lyrically mind-blowing, Weathervanes consists of 13 tracks that weave seamlessly through country, americana, and rock and roll, and cover an array of heavy subjects in typical Isbell fashion.

Seriously introspective, yet worldly and forward-thinking, Isbell produced the entire masterpiece himself.

His first original album since 2020’s Reunions, Weathervanes has been a long time coming for Isbell and the 400 Unit. They dropped the lead single “Death Wish” back in February, and followed that up with a single each month through May’s “Save the World.”

With each release, it seemed as if the anticipation was growing more and more unbearable, and now with the whole album out, it’s safe to say it was well worth the wait.

So without further ado, check out the tracklist for Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit’s latest project Weathervanes.

“Death Wish”

“King of Oklahoma”

“I was all set up to do it but some bastard beat me to it
Ain’t a copper pipe left on the lot
Got a loan out on the truck but I’m runnin’ out of luck
And the title is the only thing I’ve got”

“Strawberry Woman”

“I’d sell the farm to see you smile
Well, it my just happen if I wait a while
I may go stay out in the woods
Some time apart could do us good
I’ve been to Heaven in a 6th Street bar
Strawberry Woman and an old guitar”

“Middle of the Morning”

“Save the World”

“If You Insist”

“Cast Iron Skillet”

“Was it 27 times or was it 29
I heard the blade broke off inside the man
And he took a while to die

How did he get so low
Seems like just a week ago
We were 10 and 12 years old

He was sweet and soft
Shied away from the inside fastballs
And died doing life without parole”

“When We Were Close”


“Vestavia Hills”

“White Beretta”

“This Ain’t It”


This one is my favorite album of the year thus far, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Jason Isbell is a living legend and as far as songwriting goes, it seems as if everything he touches turns to gold.

If you’re interested in the meaning behind the album’s title, named after a tool that shows which way the wind is blowing, see the video below posted to Isbell’s Southeastern Records Instagram page.

Isbell is one of the greats, and as hard as it is to believe, Weathervanes is already one of the highlights of his deep and storied catalog of music.

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A beer bottle on a dock