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Tags: “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (Otis Redding)7. “For years, I’ve been looking for an excuse to record these songs with my band and some friends. “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” (The Allman Brothers Band) feat. The album features covers of all those promised artists (including two R.E.M. Peter Levin12. “Driver 8” (R.E.M.) feat. 1. “Kid Fears” (Indigo Girls) feat. “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (James Brown) feat. “Honeysuckle Blue” (Drivin’ N’ Cryin’) feat. “I will admit my motivations were a bit selfish,” Isbell, himself an Alabamian, said in a statement on the album. Brittney Spencer and John Paul White11. Adia Victoria6. “Reverse” (Now It’s Overhead)10. cuts), along with songs by James Brown, Otis Redding, the Indigo Girls, and more. Steve Gorman8. Julien Baker and Brandi Carlile9. Find the full track list below. Photo: Erika Goldring/WireImage

With all eyes on Georgia in the days after the 2020 presidential election, singer-songwriter Jason Isbell made a promise: “If Biden wins Georgia I’m gonna make a charity covers album of my favorite Georgia songs – REM, Gladys Knight, Vic Chesnutt, Allmans, Cat Power, Precious Bryant, Now It’s Overhead, etc… And damn is that gonna be fun,” he tweeted at the time. Béla Fleck and Chris Thile2. Brittney Spencer4. Amanda Shires5. “The Truth” (Precious Bryant) feat. “Cross Bones Style” (Cat Power) feat. The songs on this album are some of my favorite Georgia-related songs.” Today’s announcement comes alongside Isbell’s cover of “Driver 8” by R.E.M., featuring John Paul White, formerly of Americana duo the Civil Wars. “Nightswimming” (R.E.M.) feat. “Keep listening to good music and fighting the good fight,” Isbell added. And Isbell did so with the help of some friends, from Julien Baker and Brandi Carlile (who, in an exceptionally queer turn of events, guests on Indigo Girls’ “Kid Fears”) to his own wife Amanda Shires (featured on Cat Power’s “Cross Bones Style”), to his band the 400 Unit, who backed him on the album. Joe Biden did, shockingly, become the first Democratic candidate to win Georgia in nearly 30 years, so Isbell got to work — and now the resulting album, Georgia Blue, is out next month, on October 15. “Midnight Train to Georgia” (Gladys Knight & The Pips) feat. Sadler Vaden3. And he’ll be donating all proceeds to Black Voters Matter, Fair Fight, and Georgia STAND-UP. “Sometimes Salvation” (The Black Crowes) feat. “I’m Through” (Vic Chesnutt)13.