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Best Bets: Jason Isbell performs at the Big Top

Jason Isbell plays today at Big Top Chautauqua.

The smooth-singing former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell brings his cool alt-country breeze to Bayfield for a concert today at Big Top Chautauqua.

Isbell released “Southeastern” about a year ago and earned some kind words from Pitchfork, which credited it as being his most “richly conceived and generously written” album. Rolling Stone magazine, meanwhile, called it one of the top 10 country albums of 2013.

A.V. Club insisted it wasn’t spouting hyperbole when it Isbell could be “his generation’s answer to Steve Earle.”

Isbell has the exact kind of voice that plays well in the Big Top tent and the exact songs you want running through your head on the country roads to get back home.

GO SEE IT What: Jason Isbell concert

When: 7:30 tonight

Where: Big Top Chautauqua, near Bayfield

Tickets: Start at $29; available at

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