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Released 2005. Recorded in Nashville. Produced by Matt Wilder. Features some of Nashville's finest musicians, including Jerry Kimbrough, Russ Pahl, Jenee Keener, Gary Lunn, & Steve Brewster -- Musicians that have played with artists such as Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, & many other country superstars.
Title cut was #1 country song in Texas Top 40 in July 2006, shortly after release, and was recently picked by TAXI as one of their Top 10 favorites songs in July 2008. Watch Over Me & Home selected by Moozikoo Radio (Nashville) as being among "The Best of Today's Independent Music" in August 2008. Parents of fallen soldier Matt Maupin personally thanked artist for writing the song Home, which has also been endorsed by Gold Star Siblings, an organization providing support to families of fallen soldiers.
Excellent reviews, e.g., "Nashville pickers, slick production, good songwriting, and excellent performances make this arguably Isbell's best work to date. The poignant 'Home' is a great example of Isbell's songwriting, as he takes a timeless yet current topic and provides a new slant. From acoustic country-field tunes to rock-laden cuts, this is a gem of a disc. There's even a down home gospel tune, 'This River Is My Friend.' Excellent imagery and quality performance, this is a great project!" Lucky Boyd, My Texas Music