1/8: Jimbo Hart & Chad Gamble of Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Chad Gamble Photo: Al.com

Chad Gamble Photo: Al.com

Jimbo Hart Photo: Al.com

Jimbo Hart Photo: Al.com

Free concert in Downtown's Backyard. 

This week's artists Jimbo Hart and Chad Gamble from Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Jimbo Hart was born and raised in Muscle Shoals. According to a 2015 Rolling Stone article, Hart nailed the bass line for Isbell’s Grammy nominated single “24 Frames” in a single take after producer Dave Cobb played Hart the 1970 Elton John track “My Father’s Gun” as an example of what Cobb had in mind. In a printing gaffe, Hart was originally left off the liner note credits for “Something More Than Free.” In addition to Isbell LPs, Harts recording credits include: Amanda Shires’ “Down Fell the Doves”; hipster singer/songwriter Beck’s “Song Reader” disc, which featured an Isbell performance; and “God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson,” a tribute album featuring roots-music royalty including Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams. In addition to his personal Twitter account, there’s a feed entitled “Jimbo Hart Says.” Recent posts thereof include “I hope I didn't just guarantee myself a tramp stamp” and “I'm bout as bad a drummer as I am a grandpa.”

Tuscumbia native Chad Gamble got started on drums at age 4. Later on while attending the University of Alabama during the ’90s (where he earned a public relations degree), Gamble played drums in local blues combo Salty Papa. After graduation he moved to Shreveport, La. to join touring blues act The Bluebirds. Gamble would go on to anchor Memphis soul-influenced combo the Gamble Brothers with with singer/keyboardist Al Gamble, now a member of St. Paul & The Broken Bones. The Gamble Brothers won a 2003 Billboard-sponsored "Independent Musicians World Series."
Although Chad grew up geographically near Isbell, their paths didn’t cross until years later at a Patterson Hood show in Memphis, according to a 2014 Crimson & White interview. Before arriving for the “Southeastern” recording sessions in Nashville, Chad hadn’t heard any of the songs they’d be recording. ““(Isbell) would play the song for us on guitar before we’d record it,” Gamble told the Crimson & White. “My jaw was just wide open for every song that he played for us. I knew then this was gonna be something special – definitely his best work thus far.”


Backyard Jams are produced in coordination with Barry Billings. Billings is a Shoals Musician with a storied history. He has recently played with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. Billing's song "Brother John" is featured on the 2015 Grammy-winning album Muscle Shoals Recordings by the Steel Drivers and is known as one of the highlights of the album. He has recorded with The Swampers and traveled with Marie Osmand and the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose.