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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