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Jason Isbell “Cumberland Gap” (Members)

Jason Isbell “Cumberland Gap” (Members)
The the magic of Jason Isbell’s songwriting is his ability to create emotional situations and sensory images that are universal despite being so specific to a place. Isbell uses imagery and repetition in “Cumberland Gap” to explore the speaker’s remembrance of his small town to underscore how a place can be such a large part of who you find yourself to be years later. There’s not a song on Isbell’s most recent record The Nashville Sound that isn’t worth listening to and learning from as a songwriter. But, I wanted to start with one that illustrated the value of using

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