All proceeds will benefit:
Black Voters Matter - blackvotersmatterfund.org
Georgia Stand-Up - www.georgiastandup.org
Fair Fight - fairfight.com
Georgia Blue is a labor of love. On election day 2020, when I saw that there was a good chance the state of Georgia might go blue, I came up with an idea: to record an album of Georgia-related songs as a thank you to the state and donate the money to a Georgia based non-profit organization.
I will admit my motivations were a bit selfish. For years, I’ve been looking for an excuse to record these songs with my band and some friends. The songs on this album are some of my favorite Georgia-related songs, but the tracklist is not meant to be comprehensive. I would love to cover Outkast and 2 Chainz, but I don’t think the finished product would be very good. We’re a rock band, so we covered rock songs. We have roots in blues and R&B, so we enlisted some brilliant artists to help us pull off songs by Precious Bryant, James Brown, and Gladys Knight.
My favorite part of the Georgia Blue recording process was having the opportunity to work with these very special artists, and I thank them: Amanda Shires, Brittney Spencer, Adia Victoria, Brandi Carlile, Julien Baker, Béla Fleck, Chris Thile, Steve Gorman, Peter Levin, and John Paul White.
I hope you enjoy listening to these recordings as much as we enjoyed making them. Keep listening to good music and fighting the good fight.
- Jason Isbell
released October 15, 2021
Jason Isbell - Vocals, Guitar
Amanda Shires - Fiddle, Vocals
Jimbo Hart - Bass, Vocals
Sadler Vaden - Guitar, Vocals
Chad Gamble - Drums, Vocals
Derry deBorja - Keys, Vocals
Produced by Jason Isbell
Engineered and Mixed by Gena Johnson
Assistant Engineers: Lauren Adams and Louis Remenapp
Mixing Assistant: Diana Walsh
"Cross Bones Style" mixed by Lawrence Rothman
Mastering by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound, assisted by Daniel Bacigalupi
Recorded at Sound Emporium and Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN
Ben Tanner at Sun Drop Sound in Florence, AL on "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "Driver 8" (John Paul White vocal)
Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Studio in Memphis, TN on "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World" (horn section)
Art Direction by Pearl Rachinsky
Cover art by Amanda Shires