For six years, Jason Isbell was drunk at every show he played.

During his tenure with beloved Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers, Isbell planned his drinking to keep him on his feet for the duration of the band’s marathon live shows – barely.

Something More Than Free: Jason Isbell's Journey to His Most Popular Album | Grammy Awards 2016, Individual Class“I had it timed where, by the very end of the show, I’d done just about all I could do standing up,” he told NPR in 2013. “I knew I needed two or three before I went on, and then during the show, we’d just pass a bottle around between the band.” The routine totaled about a fifth of Jack Daniels per show.

And Jack and Jason didn’t get along well: “Some people get drunk and become kind of sweet,” Patterson Hood, Drive-By Truckers founder and singer-songwriter, told The New York Times Magazine in 2013. “Jason wasn’t one of those people.” It didn’t help that the younger Isbell, a virtuoso guitarist with a proclivity for fast and fiery licks, was also a stellar songwriter, whose finely wrought and frequently heartbreaking character sketches were obviously on par with those of the older and principal Truckers, Hood and guitarist/singer-songwriter Mike Cooley. Isbell, who also managed to marry and divorce then-Truckers bassist Shonna Tucker during his time with the band, left in 2007. At the time, it was portrayed as amicable; in 2013, Isbell revealed he’d been forced out, mostly because of his drinking.

After his dismissal from DBT, Isbell went off the rails a little bit. He was arrested for public drunkenness and at one point accused Dierks Bentley of plagiarizing one of his songs on Twitter. He knew he needed help, and told his then-girlfriend, fellow musician Amanda Shires, he had to go to rehab. Unfortunately, both times he said it, he was drunk. “I only got to do that twice, I think,” he told NPR. The second time, Shires told him, “You’re telling the wrong person.”

Isbell got the message, and in February 2012, spent two weeks in Cumberland Heights, a rehab center in Nashville. Coming out, he started playing live again, dropped 40 lbs. and started writing the songs that would make up 2013’sSoutheastern. That September, Isbell’s song “Alabama Pines” won song of the year at the Americana Music Awards, kick-starting a wave of critical appreciation that Southeastern built upon when it was released in July 2013. The album contains Isbell’s most-streamed song on Spotify, “Cover Me Up,” and the devastating “Elephant” – coined by one music writer as “the saddest song of the millennium” – a quiet ballad about a cancer patient that concludes, “no one dies with dignity.”

Isbell toured steadily behind Southeastern, backed by a crack band named the 400 Unit – after the psychiatric ward of a hospital near Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where Isbell grew up – that included his now-wife Shires. (“She has a big conscience, a big heart,” he told Rolling Stone in 2013. “Essentially, she’s just a good person.”)

Southeastern was rewarded with a near-sweep at the 2014 Americana Music Awards that saw Isbell take the honors for album, song (“Cover Me Up”) and artist of the year. But none of that weighed on his mind when he returned to the studio for his follow-up, 2015’s Something More Than Free. “I have so many people ask me… ‘Did you feel pressure to follow up Southeastern?” Isbell told Stereogum in 2015. “That same question every damn time! No, that’s not an actual problem to have. I know people who can’t pay their f—ing bills. Following up a successful piece of work with another piece of work is the most ridiculous first-world problem I can think of.”

Sure enough, Something More Than Free was a mature, confident continuation of the work Isbell started with Southeastern. Anchored by the stellar lead single, “24 Frames,” it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Rock, Top Country Albums and Top Folk Albums charts, and No. 5 on the Billboard200. By way of comparison, Southeastern peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard200.

NASHVILLE, TENN. – (November 12, 2015) – Cumberland Heights drug and alcohol rehabilitation center has launched a new advertising campaign with the theme of “Recover Life.”

The first part of the campaign features staff living lives in recovery. In the ad, the staff members hold up a Cumberland Heights sober coin while saying how many years they have been in recovery. Sober coins are common symbols of years living in recovery.

Helping someone recover their life from the grips of addiction is the most important benefit we provide our patients – and their families,” said Martha Farabee, chief development and marketing officer. “We wanted the campaign to reflect our success and our expertise in helping people live a life free from drugs and alcohol. With many of our staff members living successfully in recovery, they are role models for patients and able to build trust that is crucial for the recovery process.”

Farabee said the integrated marketing campaign targets primarily the families of those struggling with addiction, as well as targeting the patient.

“Cumberland Heights includes patients’ families in the process because success depends on a strong support system once they leave our facilities,” said Farabee.

Future ads in this campaign will feature alumni and alumni families. The Cumberland Heights alumni association has more than 10,000 members in the Nashville area.

We’re proud to have served Nashville for nearly 50 years,” said Jay Crosson, CEO of Cumberland Heights. “Having been a trusted member of the community for so long, our best source of referrals is from our many alumni – or friends and family of our alumni. Next year will be Cumberland Heights’ 50th anniversary and this new campaign is the beginning of that recognition.”

One of the campaign’s consistent visuals is a coin noting the 50th anniversary. This coin is modeled after the concept of sober coins.

The ads will placed on television, billboards, radio, in print and on various digital channels in middle Tennessee.

About Cumberland Heights

Cumberland Heights’ mission is to transform lives, giving hope and healing to those affected by alcohol or drug addiction. As a non-profit organization, Cumberland Heights is committed to the approximately 2,500 men, women and adolescents it serves every year and the communities where its facilities are located. The organization has followed the teachings of the 12 Steps since its founding.


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Montgomery Gentry and Special Guest Aaron Lewis Perform
to Benefit Cumberland Heights

Popular Fundraising Concert Scheduled at Historic Ryman Auditorium

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – August 26, 2015 – On Wednesday, October 21, the Concert for Cumberland Heights will feature country music stars Montgomery Gentry with special guest Aaron Lewis at the historic Ryman Auditorium to benefit the John Hiatt Fund for Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment at Cumberland Heights.

“Alcohol and drug addiction affects our entire community,” said Troy Gentry. “We are excited to help Cumberland Heights support young people suffering from this disease.”

On Wednesday, October 21, the Concert for Cumberland Heights will feature country music stars Montgomery Gentry with special guest Aaron Lewis at the historic Ryman Auditorium to benefit the John Hiatt Fund for Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment at Cumberland HeightsProceeds of the event support Cumberland Heights’ adolescent and young adult treatment programs. With a treatment plan based in the 12 Steps, these programs help patients set goals for recovery while helping them process life’s consequences and unmanageability.

“We look forward to this concert every year,” said Cumberland Heights’ CEO Jay Crosson. “The money raised is so important to us in supporting our mission – plus, it’s fun for everyone involved. We are grateful to the artists and sponsors who make it all possible.”

Tickets for the concert are on sale now via Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, the Ryman box office, ryman.com and by phone 800.745.3000. Tickets are $49.50, $42.50 and $32.50.

Since 1966, Cumberland Heights has been the proven experts in alcohol and drug addiction treatment. They provide quality care, based on the foundations of the 12 Steps, to individuals and their families suffering from addiction. Cumberland Heights is a private, nonprofit organization located on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee.

About Montgomery Gentry

With over 20 plus charted singles, the Kentucky-born duo just celebrated a major career milestone as Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry were recently inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. On June 9, the pair released Folks Like Us, their eighth studio album and first with label partner Blaster Records.

Montgomery Gentry has earned countless CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY awards and nominations with undeniable blue collar anthems like “Hell Yeah,” “My Town,” and “Hillbilly Shoes.” They’ve notched five #1 singles (“If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something To Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me”) and will soon celebrate their sixth anniversary as Grand Ole Opry members. For more about Montgomery Gentry, visit www.montgomerygentry.com, engage with Troy and Eddie on Facebook, @mgunderground on twitter, and check out their YouTube channel.

About Aaron Lewis

Aaron Lewis has often been called one of the most versatile artists around. He has written and played everything from metal to traditional country. He was the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock group Staind. After seven albums he ventured into country music with his debut solo EP, Town Line, which included his first single, “Country Boy.” He followed it up with the LP, The Road, with “Endless Summer” which also made the country charts.

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Marketing and Public Relations Manager Amy Atkinson Communications
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Cumberland Heights Promotes Jay Crosson to Chief Executive OfficerCumberland Heights has promoted Jay Crosson to chief executive officer. Crosson served as interim chief executive officer since November 2014 in addition to his duties as chief financial officer.

“It was important to Cumberland Heights’ patients, alumni and supporters that we conduct a national search for the best new chief executive officer,” said Jay Perkins, chairman on the board of directors. “After six months of interviewing top candidates, I am pleased to say that we found the ideal person in Jay who understands the organization inside and out and is prepared to lead Cumberland Heights to the next level.”

Crosson joined Cumberland Heights in 1993 as an admissions associate. In 2011, he was promoted to chief financial officer. He also served as admissions and accounts receivable manager and director of admissions and accounts receivable.

“I’m honored and humbled to serve as Cumberland Heights’ next CEO,” said Crosson. “It impossible for me to say how much Cumberland Heights has positively impacted my life personally and professionally.”

In addition to his work at Cumberland Heights, Crosson was a patient in 1989.

“I’m just one example of how Cumberland Heights and our amazing staff have helped thousands recover from drug and alcohol addiction over the last 50 years,” said Crosson.

Crosson earned his masters in business administration from Belmont University and his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a native Nashvillian.

Cumberland Heights will be  participating in the  following conferences during the summer of 2015


May

May 15 – 17

The 4th AnnuaSoutheastern CRC Summitl Southeastern CRC Summit at the University of Mississippi in Oxford
Please join other Collegiate Recovery Community professionals and students from across the Southeast for panels, presentations, and fellowship as we continue to build communities and programs that support academic success and strengthen recovery. Cumberland Heights will be hosting this event.

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May 16 – 18
NAATP AnnualNational Association of Addiction Providers (NAATP) Annual Leadership Conference  
This year’s conference will feature leading speakers in the addiction treatment field, with a focus on spirituality, public policy and leadership topics to help treatment leaders improve their quality of care and success of their business. Cumberland Heights will be a sponsor and exhibiting at this event.  

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May 27 – 29
BCHC_cGe_reasonably_small6th National Collegiate Recovery Conference
The Association of Recovery in Higher Education’s 6th National Collegiate Recovery Conference is designed to facilitate a greater understanding about Collegiate Recovery Communities and Programs and their essential role in colleges and universities across the nation.   Cumberland Heights will be exhibiting at this event.

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June

June 6 – 10
ama-logoAmerican Medical Association (AMA) Conference
Cumberland Heights will be attending this event.

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June 22 – 24

iibh-2015-sidebarInnovations in Behavioral Healthcare
Innovations in Behavioral Healthcare is a new conference at the intersection of the treatment industry, the medical field and business management. With an emphasis on physical health, mental health and the health of your business, Innovations in Behavioral Healthcare provides ethics training, effective methods for treating substance abuse, best practices for treating mental health conditions, approaches for timely interventions, insights into revenue management and more. Cumberland Heights will be a sponsor and exhibiting at this event.

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July

July 19 – 24
adbookNational Labor Assistance Program (LAP) Conference
Cumberland Heights will be exhibiting and attending this event.

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July 20 – 23
COREthumbnailC.O.R.E. Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience
The C.O.R.E. conference is one of the premier addiction and recovery conferences hosted by C4   Recovery Solutions for addiction professionals to advance their understanding of the principles behind abstinence-based recovery practices. The conference is structured as a forum to increase the collective understanding of the addiction recovery processes. The goal is to improve addiction treatment outcomes by better integrating abstinence-based practices and Twelve-Step principles into therapeutic initiatives. Cumberland Heights is a founding patron, will be exhibiting and attending this event.

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July 21 – 23
logoMississippi Association of Addiction Professionals Annual Conference
Together, we are “Bringing all the Pieces Together” to help enhance the quality of life for those directly or indirectly affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse. MAAP’s mission is three-fold: “To provide education, training and certification to professionals in the field of chemical dependency.” Cumberland Heights will be attending this event.

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Dr. Chapman Sledge, the medical director at Cumberland Heights Addiction Treatment Center in Nashville, said he notices the increase every year around this time. He said it’s spurred by all the social pressure to drink around events like the Super Bowl, but that often it’s a problem that has started much earlier than that. Read more…

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