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It was a lesson in songwriting. But it was so much more than that, too. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit played to a sold-out house at UB's Center for the Arts on Tuesday, and more than delivered on the buzz that has been building around Isbell over the past several years. This guy has been touted as the finest roots music-based songwriter of his generation, and one need…

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The "hope for modern country," according to The News' Jeff Miers, Jason Isbell performed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. See the fans who turned out.

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The "hope for modern country," according to The News' Jeff Miers, Jason Isbell performed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.

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CountryJason IsbellSomething More Than Free[Southeastern records]3.5 starsAn antidote to bro-country, to be sure, Jason Isbell’s “Something More Than Free” is also an incredibly high-quality singer-songwriter affair with abundant charms revealed with subtlety and skill, and the sort of hooks that catch the listener deep beneath the skin and hold them captive for a good lon…