Almanac Music: ‘Danko/Manuel’ – Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit


Jason Isbell is probably the hottest act on the Americana music scene at the moment.


A former member of The Drive By Truckers, his career escalated since his time with them, winning many awards, including four Grammy awards, numerous Americana Music Honors & Awards, and achieving outstanding success with his released albums, and concert performances.


Thanks to fellow Almanackers Rick Kane and Anson Cameron  for directing me to video clips featuring Isbell’s tribute to The Band members, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel in response to my recent post about The Band.


Please enjoy Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit performing ‘Danko/Manuel’.


Austin City Limits Web Exclusive: Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit -‘Danko/Manuel’


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Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.


  1. Thanks Col. Jason Isbell is my favourite artist of the last decade. By miles. My playlist is largely the old geniuses of the 60’s to 80’s – but Jason is their essence refreshed.
    I find Danko/Manuel a bit of a dirge compared to his flowing lyricism. But I guess its a funeral march for 2 talents gone too soon. Better to burn up than to fade away?

  2. Thanks, Col.

    Southeastern is one of the best albums of the past ten years.

  3. Peter Crossing says

    Thanks Col.
    Flowing lyricism is a good way of putting it, PB.
    Carl Perkin’s Cadillac from his Drive By Truckers days also rocks.
    “Mr. Phillips was the only man that Jerry Lee still would call sir”.
    His recent album, The Nashville Sound is also really good.
    We saw Jason Isbell when he opened for Justin Townes Earle in Milton on the NSW South Coast, just up the hill from Molymook.
    Brilliant little concert hall.
    Brilliant concert.
    Jason Isbell joined Justin Townes Earle on stage for the last part of the concert.
    The music was wonderful and they interacted enthusiastically with each other and the audience. At one stage JTE claimed “I’m clean”. Despite, or because of this, copious amounts of what appeared to be red wine was consumed on stage by the pair of them.
    On leaving the concert we wondered just what the two musos would get up to, post-concert, in a sleepy little place like Milton. A couple of years later the lyrics of New South Wales on Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit album Southeastern provided the answer.

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