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Jason Isbell Tapped As 14th Artist-in-residence At Museum

October 16, 2017
Exterior of Country Music Hall of Fame taken from a drone.

Tickets on Sale Friday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Oct. 16, 2017 – Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Jason Isbell will be artist-in-residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum for 2017. He will present three intimate and unique performances in the museum’s CMA Theater on Dec. 5, 12 and 19, at 7 p.m.

Isbell has won Grammys for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song. The Americana Music Association named him Artist of the Year in 2015 and has awarded him Album of the Year two times and Song of the Year honors three times. Master songwriter John Prine, a key influence on Isbell, told the Nashville Scene, “I just feel proud that Jason is writing and putting out the kind of music he is.”

After working in the early 2000s as a member of Drive-By Truckers, Isbell left the band in 2007. The Alabama native has recorded six albums under his own name and with his band, the 400 Unit. His latest, The Nashville Sound, is nominated for Album of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards.

 “Jason is a tremendously accomplished performer whose songwriting skills have set him on a path to join the lofty ranks of writing legends like Kristofferson and Prine,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “He will be our fourteenth artist-in-residence, and also our youngest, but the stellar work that he has done already in his career proves that he belongs in such august company. We are thrilled to welcome him for what will be three unforgettable performances. It is a bonus that he takes the stage while he is featured in the museum’s exhibit American Currents: The Music of 2016.”

After taking a break last year to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Bob Dylan’s masterpiece album Blonde on Blonde with two sold-out concerts by Old Crow Medicine Show, the artist-in-residence series returns in 2017. Audiences have been entertained and inspired by the creativity and generosity of featured artists.

Ticket prices for each show range from $49.50 to $85.50 (plus ticketing fees). Ticket sales are limited to four tickets per transaction on a first come, first served basis and are non-refundable. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. CDT on Friday, Oct. 27, and can be purchased at

Established in 2003, the museum’s artist-in-residence program honors a musical master who can be credited with contributing a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. The artist-in-residence is invited to use the museum’s performance venues to create unique musical experiences. Isbell joins a prestigious group of past honorees that includes Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson and 2015 artist-in-residence Rosanne Cash.

The museum’s 2017 Artist-in-Residence series is supported by Carter Vintage Guitars. To learn more about the museum’s artist-in-residence program, visit


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