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Gregory Alan Isakov CD Release

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Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and calling  Colorado home, Gregory Alan Isakov has been traveling all his life. Songs  that hone  a masterful quality beyond his years  tell a story of miles and  landscapes, and the search for a sense  of place.

Music has been a stabilizing and constant force. “I’ve always had this sense  about music and writing that I sort of have  to do  it. Like I’ll implode without it. I probably wouldn’t  do  it if I felt any other  way.” His song-craft lends  to the deepest lyrical masterpieces, with hints of his influences, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. He has  been described as “strong, subtle, a lyrical genius,” but the source  of his writing often remains a mystery to him. “My songs  have nothing  to do with me; they have  a life of their own. A lot of times I won’t know what a song  is about when  I’m writing it. It just has a certain  feeling about  it.”

Isakov has played numerous  music festivals and venues  across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When he is not on the road or writing,  he is usually in his garden. A degree in horticulture  might seem  contradictory to a life spent  in motion, but Isakov finds balance in the quiet concentration of the work, creating roots that keep  him connected to home.

His new  album, The Weatherman, was  recorded mostly in solitude  outside  the quiet mountain town of Nederland, Colorado over the course  of a year and a half. "I wanted to make something that felt genuine. We recorded everything with analogue gear and mixed  it on tape, which  gives  the songs  a raw and vulnerable feeling."

The title Isakov chose  for the record reflects the nature of his external surroundings as much as his inner experiences. References to the weather are a reoccurring theme  in Isakov's writing, but there  is a deeper meaning behind the name.

"To me, the idea of a weatherman is really powerful. There's a guy on television  or on the radio telling us the future, and nobody cares. It's this daily mundane miracle, and I think the songs  I chose are about noticing  the beauty in normal, everyday life."

 

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