Lulled Into Bliss by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit REVIEW+PHOTOS: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at Palomino Fest 7/9/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… Closing out the evening on the Lefty Stage was the inimitable Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. My relationship with Jason Isbell’s music has always been a funny one. To say that his music is moody may be an understatement … but I’ve always felt that I’ve had to be in the right mood to really enjoy his work.
His music (or at least the music that I own or have enjoyed on playlists) is generally pretty heavy. Lots of issues. Lots of southern sadness. Lots of loss. That doesn’t mean I have to be in a sad mood to enjoy his music. I just think what leads up to his music (course, and events of the day) … for me at least- affects how much I can appreciate and joy his music at that moment. That being said… on this night… I fell into Jason’s music.
I think it was the culmination of the work throughout the long day. My body was on the verge of giving out, with my body longing for some extra caffeine to push me over the goal line. Performing a set that consisted of both 400 Unit songs and his own solo material, the crowd was treated to a setlist of some of his biggest hits (“24 Frames”, “Travelling Alone”, “If We Were Vampires”, “Last Of My Kind”, “Dreamsicle”, etc.), I honestly just let his music massage my brain into a moldable mass of “just let go”. By the time his sang the final chorus of “Cover Me Up”, I could have easily called it day, completely at peace with where I was at in that moment…”