Watch Jason Isbell Get Bonnaroo Kicked Off by Singing “Flagship”

Watch Jason Isbell Get Bonnaroo Kicked Off by Singing “Flagship”

Beginning today (June 9), Bonnaroo Music Festival invades Manchester, Tenn., for four days and nights. A bevy of country and Americana stars will be performing at the festival this year, including Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Maren Morris and Jason Isbell, who is the 2016 ambassador for the Bonnaroo Works Fund, an organization that supports education and arts on the regional and national levels.

To help raise money for the Bonnaroo Works Fund, Jason and his fiddle-playing wife, Amanda Shires, hosted a private show at Peter Nappi Studio in Nashville on June 8. Guests sipped wine and noshed appetizers prepared by James Beard Award-winning chef Tandy Wilson of City House while bidding on items in a silent auction, including signed photos by renown photog Danny Clinch.

Jason and Amanda performed a handful of songs, including “Traveling Alone,” “Speed Trap Town” and “Flagship,” before capping the show with a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Mutineer.” Amanda also took the lead and sang a new track off her upcoming album, which is being produced by Dave Cobb and is due in September.

Check out Jason singing “Flagship,” a tune from his 2015 album, Something More Than Free.

photo and video by Jim Casey

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