Two-time Grammy winner Jason Isbell opens his sold-out show at House Of Blues Boston with a searing version of his blues-rock song "Palmetto Rose." With lyrical references to the "Iodine State," "Sullivan's Island" and "bull**** stories 'bout the Civil War," Isbell plants listeners square on the sidewalks of Charleston, South Carolina, where street vendors hawk roses to tourists.
Watching Isbell's performance that February night, I was struck by how uncommon it is to hear Boston crowds sing along to choruses like "Alabama Pines" and, in general, bond with a musician so closely linked with Southern culture. But at the end of the night, it's all about appreciating great songs and storytelling.
- "Palmetto Rose"
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