Jason Isbell Records ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ With Amanda Shires [LISTEN]
It’s been 30 years since Bruce Springsteen released the iconic ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ album, which sold more than 30 million copies and changed the paradigm of rock music in America.
But it was Luther Dickinson from the North Mississippi Allstars who first suggested that all of the 12 songs on the album could be redone with acoustic guitar and sound just as good. His idea inspired the upcoming release of ‘Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A,’ which is an alt-country album of remakes of all 12 songs, including the lead-off single, ‘Born in the U.S.A,’ by Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires.
“‘Born in the U.S.A.’ is one of my favorite songs of Springsteen’s, making it one of my favorite ever,” Isbell tells Rolling Stone. “I love that the song paints a picture of struggle in the face of the American dream, and the irony in the chorus is delivered with such force that it nearly transcends irony altogether.”
The former Drive-By Truckers frontman says it was an easy decision to put his own spin on the classic rock hit.
“Because I write songs and play rock & roll shows, Springsteen is obviously a hero of mine. ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ is one of my favorites because so many people have seemingly misunderstood the lyrical content and the song’s overall tone,” he adds. “When you listen to the demo, the dark, minor key arrangement makes it clear that this is not strictly a song of celebration. We wanted to stay true to that version.”
‘Dead Man’s Town’ also includes appearances by Holly Williams, Justin Townes Earle and North Mississippi All-Stars. See a complete track listing below. The album will be released on Sept. 16 on Lightning Rod Records.
‘Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to ‘Born in the U.S.A.” Track Listing:
1. Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, ‘Born in the U.S.A.’
2. Apache Relay, ‘Cover Me’
3. Quaker City Nighthawks, ‘Darlington County’
4. Blitzen Trapper, ‘Working on the Highway’
5. Joe Pug, ‘Downbound Train’
6. Low, ‘I’m on Fire’
7. Holly Williams, ‘No Surrender’
8. Ryan Culwell, ‘Bobby Jean’
9. Trampled by Turtles, ‘I’m Goin’ Down’
10. Justin Townes Earle, ‘Glory Days’
11. Nicole Atkins, ‘Dancing in the Dark’
12. North Mississippi All-Stars, ‘My Hometown’