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Drive-By for Isbell's concert in Lander

Jul 29, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer

The ex-Drive-By Truckers performer will play an outdoor show by the Lander Bar at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.

When Jeff Stanbury had the chance to bring Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit -- one of his favorite performers -- to Lander for a concert, he didn't miss a beat.

Isbell and his band will perform an outdoor show by the Lander Bar at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 the day of show.

"It's not very often that Fremont County gets an artist of that caliber in a venue of that size," Stanbury said. "It'll be fun. It's all ages."

Stanbury had been talking with a buddy about the Drive-By Truckers playing at Grand Targhee Resort in west Wyoming -- sans the group's star songwriter Isbell, who left the band in 2007.

"I'm a huge Drive-By Truckers fan," Stanbury said in a recent interview. "I told him, 'I hope you're not disappointed when you see the Drive-By Truckers.'"

Conversation turned to Isbell playing in Jackson on Aug. 3, sparking Stanbury's interest in bringing the performer to Lander.

"I was helping River Fest find bands and I was in touch with some of these agents," including the one who represents Isbell, Stanbury said.

"I called that agent and asked whether he was interested in playing the night before Jackson, which he said he was. I thought if we can't go to the Jackson show maybe we can get him to play in Lander," he said.

Stanbury recommends that music fans don't miss the opportunity to see Isbell perform.

"The Drive-By Truckers are Southern rock. My opinion, Jason Isbell writes some traditional country bordering on ballads. He's got a lot of ballads," he said.

"The Lander bar is a rootsy, country place," he added. "I'm just excited he would play" in Lander.

Isbell's publicist in an e-mail said Isbell is the most-nominated artist for 2012 Americana Music Honors and Awards.

"If he's up for that many (awards) ... I think it's possible that he gets a nomination for Americana album of the year in regard to the Grammys," Stanbury said.

Twangville readers in January picked Isbell's album "Here We Rest" as their top for 2011, beating out other powerhouses in the genre including Matthew Ryan, The Decemberists, Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits, Wilco, Drive-By Truckers and Dave Alvin.

"If you look down the list of the artists that he's ahead of, it's incredible," Stanbury said.

The Lander Bar secured an outdoor catering permit and permission from the city to close the street between the business and the park the night of the show. Open containers will be permissible on the street from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

"I think it's a lot of bang for your buck," Stanbury said.

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