Life changes after you have a child. You tend to look at it in a completely different way, and all of a sudden have a drastic change of perspective on just about everything.

Jason Isbell has experienced that firsthand.

The country traditionalist and two-time Grammy winner, who was recently nominated for two more Grammys for Best Americana Album for “The Nashville Sound” and Best American Roots Song for “If We Were Vampires,” is the proud husband of fellow artist Amanda Shires and father of two-year-old daughter Mercy Rose.

“In all honesty, it changes your priorities and it should,” he said of fatherhood during a recent interview with “We have this mini human person and we have to put her at the top of our priority list.”

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Being currently surrounded at home by females didn’t make Jason look at issues differently, especially the onslaught of sexual assault and harassment claims that continue to come out of the woodwork these days.

“It didn’t all the sudden make me understand that women are humans,” he said of the birth of Mercy Rose. “When she gets older, I would very much like her to know that I was trying on some small scale to make things a little bit better for her and for everybody.”

Jason believes that some of the problems stem from the way many boys and men are raised.

“To de-program that, it’s going to take a whole lot of time and whole lot of work,” he said. “People don’t understand that it’s not just about equal pay — it’s about looking at somebody and seeing them as a person.”

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Jason and his band, the 400 Unit, will get back on the road in 2018 in support of “The Nashville Sound,” which was released in June and debuted at No. 1 on the rock, folk, country and independent charts, while reaching No. 4 overall on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart.

Want to check him out? Here are some upcoming dates:

January 18-20 – Birmingham, AL – Alabama Theatre
January 21 – Little Rock, AR – Robinson Center
January 23 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theatre
January 24 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
January 27 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat
January 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall
January 30 – Buffalo, NY – UB Center for the Arts
January 31 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
February 2 – Providence, RI – Veterans Memorial Auditorium
February 3 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
February 5 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
February 6 – Baltimore, MD – The Modell Lyric
February 8-9 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
February 10-11 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
February 13 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre
February 14 – Reading, PA – Santander Performing Arts Center
February 16 – Richmond, VA – Altria Theater
February 17 – Charleston, WV – Municipal Auditorium

A country traditionalist expresses his thoughts on the onslaught of sexual harassment claims AP Photo/Mark Zaleski
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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