But the partnership wasn't meant to last. Isbell had always wanted to be a solo artist and, more than a decade younger than Hood and Cooley, had different goals. So, Isbell left the band and launched a solo career earlier this year with Sirens of the Ditch, a sharp record that continues the Southern rock sound the Truckers are known for but expands Isbell's palette with dabs of swamp rock, blues, and torch-song soul.
Isbell plays Proud Larry's in Oxford, Mississippi, on Saturday, September 22nd. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.