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Hear a Free At Noon Concert at 12noon ET from WXPN. Broadcast from the stage of World Cafe Live in Philadelphia

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"Southeastern" is Jason Isbell's critically acclaimed new album, and XPN's CD of the Month this August. Jason will take the stage this Friday for an XPN Free At Noon.

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Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jason Isbell rose to fame in 2001 after joining the alt-country rock band Drive-By Truckers. Isbell cut his teeth writing, recording and touring with the band for six years and put out three records with them before leaving the band in 2007 to start a new project. That same year Isbell released his first solo album, Sirens of the Ditch, before forming Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit. Isbell put out two albums with his band the 400 Unit between 2009 and 2011, but has since transitioned back into a solo act for his fourth studio album, Southeastern, which was released in June 2013. Each of Isbell's solo albums seems to out-do the last, which holds true for the most recent album, which showcases Isbell's thoughtful lyrics and steady southern drawl. The talented lyricist and performer, who has previously toured with Ryan Adams, will be making a stop on his U.S. tour at World Cafe Live for a full show on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8pm. You can buy tickets here:

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Recent Release: Southeastern
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Label: Southeastern Records

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Get Ready to Boogie when blues rockers, Moreland & Arbuckle take the stage today at 12noon. It's going to be a rollicking set as they play music from their brand new album, "7 Cities."

Guitarist Aaron Moreland and harpist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle first met at an open-mic in Wichita, Kansas back in 2001. The musicians both shared an affinity for Delta blues and quickly joined forces to form the eponymous duo Moreland & Arbuckle. Since their fateful meeting, the pair has released numerous records exploring American roots music, merging genres such as Delta blues, folk, rock, traditional country, and soul to create their unique sound. They have toured with legendary acts ZZ Top, George Thorogood, and Buddy Guy and have since added drummer Kendall Newby to the band.

Their latest record, 7 Cities, is a concept album built around the story of the Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado and his quest to discover Quivira, one of the mythical Seven Cities of Gold, in the Kansas plains, not far from where the band calls home. The album was released on May 17 in Europe and is set to drop on July 30 in the U.S. "It's definitely our best record ever," the band exclaims on their webpage. "We couldn't be more excited for all of you to soon hear it!" The band has a slew of tour dates coming up across the U.S. and Europe, but you can see the band for free at World Cafe Live for an exclusive Free at Noon Performance on August 2.

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Recent Release: 7 Cities
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Label: Telarc

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