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New Jason Isbell, old Bernard Fevre resonate on different wavelengths

New Jason Isbell, old Bernard Fevre resonate on different wavelengths

Jason Isbell, "Something More Than Free" (Southeastern Records). Amid the digitization of our musical past and present, it's easy enough to find honest rural voices. Browse, drag, drop and within moments the collected work of Townes Van Zandt, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Lucinda Williams can be running on shuffle. Isbell's terrific new album, which comes out July 17, is as solid as they come and would fit right into that playlist. With lyrics so precisely placed you'd think he used tweezers to set them, the 11 songs on "Something More Than Free" are sturdy enough to hold emotional tonnage. The album's first single, "24 Frames," tackles big truths...

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