There is a sweet, acoustic ease to the music Gregory Alan Isakov writes and performs. The Colorado based musician's newest album, The Weatherman, is evocative...the kind of listening experience that has a tendency to flicker life's most savory moments by the mind's eye as it cycles through. As we heard one NPR producer recently put it, it's like lying in the back of a pick-up truck, staring up at the stars, which sadly, we can't top in the imagery department.
What's interesting then in such comfort is how it's the product of a lifetime of wandering ways. Gregory was born in South Africa, settled in Philadelphia for a time, ultimately gazing west to make his home in Colorado. He's been there for some time, but there's always the touring. Gregory and his bandmates have been hustling on the road for years. With the release of The Weatherman, we suspect things will only get more hectic. The album's a sterling, no frills kind of acoustic collection, offering grass stained prairie songs full of wonder, love, and an appreciation for the outside world.
Having had the record on repeat most of the summer, we jumped at the opportunity to welcome Gregory and his mates over to our place recently. Brandishing a few acoustic guitars, a banjo, fiddle, and cello, our latest version of the in-office session is a string lover's dream. Take a moment and enjoy a few pleasant cuts and if you like what you hear be sure to pick up The Weatherman.