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About Gregory Alan Isakov

Influenced by the rural blue-collar lyricism of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Joe Phelps, and Leonard Cohen, it wasn't long before Colorado-based singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov's own blend of dusty folk and moody Americana began turning heads. Emerging in 2003 with debut album Rust Colored Stones -- he releases all of his records via his own independent label, Suitcase Town Music -- Isakov went on to find success with his third studio effort, 2007's That Sea, the Gambler, which included the singles "The Stable Song" and "Raising Cain." His atmospheric blend of folk and rural chamber pop eventually found its way to television, with songs appearing in episodes of Girls, Rectify, and Californication, among others. A flair for the cinematic led Isakov to release an album with the Colorado Symphony in 2016, whom he also toured with.

Isakov was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he began touring with a band at the age of 16 before eventually relocating to Colorado to hone his talents as a solo artist. He released his debut album, Rust Colored Stones, in 2003, followed by Songs for October (2005), That Sea, the Gambler (2007), and The Empty Northern Hemisphere (2009), the latter of which spawned the single "If I Go, I'm Goin," which appeared in the fourth season of the popular Showtime series Californication. Arriving in 2013, The Weatherman included the singles "Time Will Tell" and "Suitcase Full of Sparks," the latter of which was featured on an episode of the popular NBC crime thriller The Blacklist, and in 2016 he released the ambitious Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony, which saw him reworking material from past albums with a full orchestra. Isakov recorded his next studio long-player, Evening Machines, at home on his working three-acre farm -- in addition to making music, he sells vegetable seeds and grows his own market crops. The lush, 12-song set, whittled down from 40, was mixed by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, the Decemberists) and released in October 2018. ~ James Christopher Monger

HOMETOWN
Johannesburg, South Africa
BORN
1979

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