Gregory Alan Isakov recently inherited one of the coolest musical toys any musician could ever get their hands on; an entire symphony orchestra. So the Colorado-based songwriter decided to re-imagine a slew of cuts from his back catalog, giving his traditionally sparse, rustic folk dramatic new scope in the process. This is "The Stable Song", complete with black and white visuals that ache with nostalgia.
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Gregory Alan Isakov's The Weatherman recently debuted at #5 on Billboard's Folk chart and #1 on Billboard's Mountain and Pacific Heatseekers charts (Suitcase Town Music). Furthermore, following a recent feature on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, the album reached #1 on iTunes' Singer/Songwriter chart. The album also continues to receive widespread critical praiseThe New York Times featured an exclusive full album stream of the album, while Denver Westword proclaims, "Bob Dylan once sang, 'You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,' and you don't need to be a singer-songwriter to realize that Isakov has created something truly stunning here." In celebration of the release, Isakov is currently in the midst of a North American tour. See below for complete details.
Recorded and mixed outside the quiet mountain town of Nederland, CO, the 13-song album was produced by Isakov along with Jamie Mefford. Of making the record, Isakov notes, "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." He goes on to add, "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."
The Weatherman is Isakov's third full-length release and follows 2009's This Empty Northern Hemisphere, which the Denver Post praised as "an artistic masterwork" and Paste Magazine described as "quietly lush" and "deeply vibrant."
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now calling Colorado home, Isakov is a lifelong traveler. In the past year, other musicians Isakov has performed alongside include Blind Pilot, Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers and Ani DiFranco. With a degree in horticulture, Isakov balances the art of making and exhibiting his music with the art of gardening and connecting to the land.