Live Review: Jason Isbell and Father John Misty @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 6/21/19

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Jason Isbell performs at the Old Settlers Music Festival on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Dave Hensley)

“There’s a specific kind of fucked up person who pays good money to see this much sad music,” declared Rockville native Father John Misty after he finished singing “The Palace” recently. After playing “Elephant,” co-headliner Jason Isbell told the crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion, “That’s a sad song. I made the fucking thing up and I know it’s a sad song. I’ve sung it 150,000 times and it still makes me sad.”

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Music Park: Father John Misty @ The Anthem — 8/2/18

Father John Misty performs at The Anthem on August 2, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

Father John Misty by now needs little introduction. After four critically acclaimed albums in just under six years, Josh Tillman, whose stage moniker is known just as much for his off-stage words as his sarcastic and often self-deprecating lyrics, has made a name for himself. But with his latest album, God’s Favorite Customer, he focused on more personal matters. Delivered in that great Harry Nilsson meets Randy Newman style, the bite was still there, but it was more focused at The Anthem on Thursday.

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