Last night, Jason Isbell continued an extensive tour with The 400 Unit in support of The Nashville Sound at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle. The show included the band’s debut version of “Melissa,” an Allman Brothers Band classic.
Isbell treated fans to a career-spanning set including material he wrote during his time in Drive-By Truckers and cuts from The Nashville Sound, 2011’s Here We Rest, 2013’s Southeastern and 2015’s Something More Than Free. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit debuted their take on “Melissa” towards the middle of the show. The frontman noted he worked it up for the show adding that it might be the first time anyone prepped an Allman Brothers cover just for a Seattle audience.
“Melissa” isn’t the first ABB tune to be performed by Jason and his band. The group debuted a cover of “Whipping Post” earlier in the tour, though it’s gone missing as of late. Gregg Allman penned “Melissa” in 1967 and it was included on the Allman Brothers Band’s 1972 LP Eat A Peach as a tribute to Duane Allman, who was a huge fan of the tune.