After working as a songwriter, in 2001 at the age of 22, Isbell
joined the rock band Drive-By Truckers while they toured in support
of their album Southern Rock Opera.
Patterson Hood recalled that meeting Isbell was a "life-changing
moment in time," — becoming their third guitarist and beginning a
songwriting collaboration that was lauded by many as a fertile time
for the band. On April 5, 2007, Isbell announced that he was
no longer a member of Drive-By Truckers. This past summer we
were pleased to have Jason Isbell and his electrified band cross
the Tent Show stage!
Tent Show Radio is a weekly
one-hour music series showcasing live performances from Lake
Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield Wisconsin.
Airing continuously since 1994, Tent
Show Radio is hosted by farmer, humorist, New York Times
best-selling author, volunteer firefighter, Michael Perry and
features regional and national acts with regular contributions by
the Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra.
Michael Perry is a humorist and
author of the bestselling memoir Population 485: Meeting Your
Neighbors One Siren at a Time, and the essay collection Off Main
Street. Perry has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine,
Outside, Backpacker, Orion and Salon.com, and is a contributing
editor to Men’s Health. His essays have been heard on NPR’s All
Things Considered and he has performed and produced two live
audience recordings (I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind
a Sneezing Cow). Perry lives in rural Wisconsin, where he remains
active as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder.
He can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com
In 2014, Lake Superior Big Top
Chautauqua will celebrate its 29th season under canvas on the south
shore sands of Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wisconsin. Big Top
Chautauqua is a non-profit performing arts organization. For more
information visit www.bigtop.org or