Creative Wisdom from Jason Isbell

I don’t make country music. I don’t make pop music. I make folk music, really, with varying degrees of volume.

It’s good to know what, at its core, you’re making. And what your parameters for warping it to your own ideas are.

I’m not always the person speaking in the songs, keep that in mind.

Just because you convey the voice, doesn’t mean it’s yours. (And something I wish more receivers of art understood.)

One of my beliefs is that I have to talk about my beliefs.

If not, what are we doing here?

Conform your chosen form to your choice of vision.
Convey your beliefs through whatever voice shouts them the loudest when your creation finds its direction.