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There are many hardcore fans of the Drive-By Truckers who feel the band lost something in the songwriting when singer/guitarist Jason Isbell left in 2007. While Patterson Hood‘s lyrics are more Southern Gothic, Isbell’s writing is simpler, more situational and emotional. When he sings, he’s like an old friend beckoning you with memories and whiskey. He and his stellar band, the 400 Unit, stopped by the 9:30 Club on Friday to open for Justin Jones.

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