Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Release New Track, ‘White Man’s World’ [LISTEN]
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit have released another one of the tracks off of their upcoming album, The Nashville Sound, and it's as heavy-hitting as its title -- "White Man's World" -- suggests. Readers can press play above to listen to the new tune.
In an interview with Consequence of Sound, Isbell explains his intentions with "White Man's World": “The song discusses my perspective on race and gender; I think its inspiration should be pretty obvious these days," Isbell says.
"I think my job is to constantly evaluate my role in the human struggle for equality," the singer-songwriter adds, "without feeling guilt or shame for things I can’t control.”
With gritty, Southern-rock-style twang, "White Man's World" captures the strain of its politically charged lyrics, in which Isbell and his band tackle one of the most prevalent social issues in our country today. The powerful song falls in line with the political and social stand that Isbell has been known to take in his music.
"There's no such thing as someone else's war / Your creature comforts aren't the only things worth fighting for," Isbell sings in "White Man's World." "Still breathing, it's not too late / We're all carrying one great burden, sharing one fate ...
"I'm a white man living on a white man's street / I got the bones of the red man under my feet," the lyrics of "White Man's World" continue, as Isbell reflects on his privilege. "The highway runs through the burial grounds / Past the oceans of cotton ..."
"White Man's World" is the fourth track on (and the fourth song that Isbell has shared from) The Nashville Sound, which will be released on June 16; the record is currently available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes.
Isbell and the 400 Unit are touring extensively across the U.S. and Europe this year in support of The Nashville Sound.
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