Photo by Stephanie Tacy
Many musicians have day jobs to make ends meet. However, few artists maintain the lifestyle kept by Gregory Alan Isakov. The Colorado-based indie-folk artist is a full-time farmer who sells vegetable seeds and grows various market crops on his three-acre farm, while also tending to a thriving musical career. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and immigrating to Philadelphia as a child, Gregory Alan Isakov has been traveling all his life. This sense of wandering is conveyed through songs that tell a story of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place.
The multi-instrumentalist writes and records in a studio housed in a barn on his property. Like the farm, this studio has a communal atmosphere, filled with instruments and gear stored there by musician friends—gear Isakov always leaves on, just in case inspiration strikes. Working through restless nights, Isakov wrote his latest album “Evening Machines” with a dark and dusky hue. Hushed acoustic guitar and sparse piano combine for a moody foundation that’s amplified by ornate and heavy embellishments. The album is as ominous as it is reminiscent and Isakov creates a voice that possesses a certain nostalgia and heartfelt sorrow.
Isakov is playing at Emo’s tonight as part of his tour to support “Evening Machines”.
Host: Jay Trachtenberg
Producer: Deidre Gott
Broadcast Engineer: Cliff Hargrove, Jake Perlman