Gregory Alan Isakov’s new full-length album, Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony, is out today on Suitcase Town Music and currently #1 on iTunes Singer/ Songwriter chart (purchase here).
A collaboration with the Colorado Symphony, the eleven-track record features songs from Isakov’s previous albums, The Weatherman, This Empty Northern Hemisphere, and That Sea, the Gambler, as well as “Liars,” which was written by Ron Scott.
Released to widespread acclaim, NPR Music recently premiered the official music video for “Liars.” The video can now be viewed/shared via YouTube. Additionally, a new interview with Isakov recently aired on NPR “Weekend Edition Sunday” (listen to the full conversation with host Rachel Martin here) and, as part of a recent profile, T Magazine premiered a new version of Isakov’s beloved song “Big Black Car” and spoke with the acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer about his love of horticulture and his Colorado farm. Read the full story here.
In celebration of the release, Isakov is currently in the midst of an extensive orchestral tour, including performances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, as well as a special date at D.C.’s The Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra on June 25.
The remaining club shows will feature Isakov and his band—Jeb Bows (fiddle), Steve Varney (electric guitar/banjo), John Grigsby (upright bass), and Max Barcelow (drums)—along with The Ghost Orchestra from Colorado (a symphonic ensemble featuring brass and string players, that includes members of the Colorado Symphony). Additionally, Isakov will make his headline debut at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 4 with very special guest Ani DiFranco. See below for complete tour details.
Recorded at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, as well as at Starling Farm in Boulder, Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony was co-produced by Isakov and his longtime collaborator, Jamie Mefford, and was arranged by Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa) and Jay Clifford (Jump Little Children), and conducted by the Colorado Symphony’s Scott O’Neil. Since his debut with the CSO in November 2013, Isakov has gone on to perform with them at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as well as with the Seattle Symphony and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra.
The new album follows Isakov’s highly acclaimed 2013 release, The Weatherman, which debuted at #1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart and received widespread acclaim.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now calling Colorado home, Isakov is a lifelong traveler. Since his debut, Isakov has toured alongside musicians such as Iron & Wine, Ani DiFranco, Passenger, Josh Ritter, Brandi Carlile, and Nathaniel Rateliff. With a degree in horticulture, Isakov balances the art of making and performing his music with running a small farm in Colorado.
2. Dandelion Wine
3. Big Black Car
4. The Stable Song
6. Master and a Hound
7. Saint Valentine
8. That Sea, the Gambler
9. Living Proof
10. If I Go, I’m Goin
11. Unwritable Girl
June 10—Lincoln, NE—Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival*
June 11—Iowa City, IA—The Englert Theatre*†
June 12—Minneapolis, MN—The Varsity Theater*†
June 13 & 14—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall*†
June 15—Ann Arbor, MI—Ann Arbor Summer Festival at The Power Center*†
June 17—Atlanta, GA—Atlanta Symphony Hall with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
June 18—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel*†
June 19—Philadelphia, PA—Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
June 20—Burlington, VT—The Flynn Center with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra
June 21—Portland, ME—State Theatre with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra*
June 22—Boston, MA—Royale*‡
June 23—New York, NY—Webster Hall*‡
June 25—Washington, DC—The Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra
June 26—Durham, NC—The Carolina Theatre*§
June 27—Charlotte, NC—McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square*§
June 28—Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Works*§
June 30—Kansas City, MO—Madrid Theatre*#
July 1—Dallas, TX—Granada Theater*#
July 2—Austin, TX—Emo’s*#
July 21-24—Calgary, AB—Calgary Folk Music Festival
August 4—Bozeman, MT—The Ellen Theatre*†
August 5—Spokane, WA—Knitting Factory*†
August 6—Seattle, WA—The Showbox*†
August 7—Bellingham, WA—The Wild Buffalo*†
August 8—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom*#
August 10—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater with Magik Magik Orchestra
August 11—San Luis Obispo, CA—Fremont Theatre*#
August 12—Los Angeles, CA—The Fonda Theatre*#
August 13—Phoenix, AZ—Mesa Arts Center with the Symphony of the Southwest
August 14—Salt Lake City, UT—Red Butte Garden~
August 16—Missoula, MT—The Wilma~
August 17—Ketchum, ID—River Run Lodge~
August 19—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up
August 27—Fayetteville, AR—Fayetteville Roots Festival
September 4—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre∞
*Gregory Alan Isakov and full band accompanied by The Ghost Orchestra
†with Andrea Gibson
‡with Mandolin Orange
§with Jay Clifford (of Jump, Little Children)
#with Langhorne Slim
~with Lake Street Dive∞with Ani DiFranco