Watch Jason Isbell Get Heavy With 'Hope The High Road'

Jason and his 400 Unit play the last track off 'The Nashville Sound.'

Written by Emilee Lindner • June 21, 2017

Jason Isbell has just begun his huge tour in support of the recently released The Nashville Sound. The from-the-heart album dropped last Friday (June 16), and while Isbell preps his three-night run at the Beacon Theatre in New York this weekend, he stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to tease a bit of his show.

Isbell and 400 Unit played "Hope the High Road," the kicker off The Nashville Sound, which tells the story of two people who have drifted and found different paths. "I know you're tired / And you ain't sleeping well / Uninspired / And likely mad as hell / But wherever you are / I hope the high road leads you home again," sings Isbell, with slicked back hair and an old-school folk-country appeal. At a certain point, Isbell winks at his fiddle player, wife Amanda Shires. 

Isbell spoke to Relix about the song, saying "Hope the High Road" is meant to leave listeners on a more uplifting note, given that much of Isbell's music is incredible heavy and honest. "I don't want to send me off feeling too miserable," the songwriter told the zine. "But if my problems were all solved and everybody else’s problems were solved, it’d be hard for me to find anything to write about."

Watch the "Hope the High Road" performance below, and then grab tickets to Isbell's tour.