Four-time Grammy Award-winning musician Jason Isbell spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on addiction and sobriety and the intersection of sobriety, addiction and music at the October Lab-to-Table Conversation—a monthly series organized by the School of Medicine Basic Sciences. Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research Danny Winder and Assistant Professor of Pharmacology Erin Calipari. The discussion took place on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
Isbell has personal experience with addiction and sobriety, which has influenced his music and work over the past decade. This influence can be heard on his 2013 album Southeastern—his first after getting sober—as well as more recent songs like “It Gets Easier” and his work with actor Bradley Cooper on the movie A Star Is Born.