Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit welcomed their opening act, singer-songwriter Brittney Spencer for a The Rolling Stones cover to end Thursday’s concert in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Spencer handled the vocals originally sung by Merry Clayton on the Stones’ 1969 classic “Gimme Shelter” with Jason Isbell and company last night at DeVos Performance Hall.
Jason, guitarist Sadler Vaden, multi-instrumentalist Derry deBorja, drummer Chad Gamble and bassist Jimbo Hart once again put the focus on their 2020 album, Reunions, last night. The band fit the same seven songs from the LP into their main set in Grand Rapids as they did in Indianapolis a few nights prior and at most stops on the group’s current run.
Thursday’s set also featured the title track from 2015’s Something More Than Free plus “Anxiety,” “Hope The High Road,” “If We Were Vampires” and “Last Of My Kind” off 2017’s The Nashville Sound as well as Southeastern (2013) gems “24 Frames,” “Elephant,” “Stockholm,” “Cover Me Up” and “Super 8.” Isbell and his mates returned to begin the encore with “Tour Of Duty,” the evening’s lone song from 2011’s Here We Rest.
Brittney Spencer then emerged for Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit’s debut “Gimme Shelter” cover. Last night’s collaboration came two days after the death of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. The band busted out “Moonlight Mile” and “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” in Indianapolis on the night Charlie died.
Watch fan-shot video of “Gimme Shelter” captured by Brian Sleeman below: