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Hear Jason Isbell’s New Single, ‘Hope the High Road’

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit have released the first single from their forthcoming album, The Nashville Sound. The song is called “Hope the High Road,” and readers can press play above to hear the tune and see a lyric video for the track.

“I try to document where I am in my life, and right now, one of my primary concerns is, ‘What is my role as a white male in a society that really is in dire need of understanding and empathy for people who aren’t white males?’” Isbell tells Entertainment Weekly, adding that the lyrics to “Hope the High Road” are a call “to be vigilant but to still stay classy, for Christ’s sake.”

“If you’re doing too much yelling and too much screaming and acting out of frustration,” Isbell adds, “you’re not effecting change in any positive way.”

“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,” Isbell sings in the chorus of “Hope the High Road. Verse lines include, “Last year was a son of a b—h for nearly everyone we know / But I ain’t fighting with you down in the ditch / I’ll meet you up here on the road.”

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In addition to politics, Isbell says that the birth of his daughter, Mercy Rose, in 2015 has also changed the way he sees the world; specifically, he explains, “everything began to look like a dangerous object” after she arrived.

“I also try to pay attention to the world she’s seeing,” Isbell notes. “For her, it’s as good as it will ever be, as far as I can tell … There’s nothing better than the learning process. Once you know what everything is … every day a little bit more of the magic is gone.”

The Nashville Sound is due out on June 16. “Hope the High Road” is Track No. 9, out of 10, on the project.

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