Jason Isbell last year made a promise that if Joe Biden won Georgia in the 2020 presidential election, he’d make a charity covers album of songs by his favorite artists from Georgia. He’s made good on that promise, and today the album is released. Georgia Blue features 13 new cover songs from Isbell, including R.E.M.’s “Driver 8” and “Nightswimming,” Cat Power’s “Cross Bones Style,” James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World,” Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” and Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia.”
The album also features guest appearances from Bela Fleck and Chris Thile, Adia Victoria, Brittney Spencer, John Paul White, Brandi Carlile, Julien Baker, and Amanda Shires, who is also Isbell’s wife. Proceeds from the sale of the album will benefit Black Voters Matter, Fair Fight, and Georgia STAND-UP. Hear it below.
Jason Isbell’s last album was 2020’s Reunions.
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