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Jason Isbell is one of the most important Southern voices in music today. He started writing and releasing his own songs in 2007, after a stint with the Drive By Truckers. Since then has slowly built a catalogue of songs and a resume—which includes a key songwriting contribution to Bradley Cooper’s version of “A Star Is Born”—that should put him on anyone’s short list of the best songwriters currently working. Isbell and Rick Rubin met for the first time just before this conversation where they discuss Isbell’s recovery from addiction, his song writing process and his deep Southern roots.
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Bruce Headlam

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