Saturday, October 22, 2011

Post #217: Gregory Alan Isakov

***Coming to the Cedar Cultural Center 
this Thursday the 27th***

I have always been pretty good knowing whom is coming to town and when, making sure I catch the shows that I felt were a must.  Especially now, while doing this blog, because I have a heightened awareness as to the bands swinging through our now wintery city.

However, today I realized that I am still not immune to letting one slip through the cracks.  This was a close call.

As I was eating lunch with my two boys today, I grabbed the current City Pages.  This is something I typically do at the office on Thursdays, but having been out of town this last week, today would have to do.

To my amazement, three words stuck out instantly...Gregory...Alan...Isakov.  After reading them a few more times to make sure my eyes weren't playing tricks on me, I finally came to the conclusion that this was in fact real.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was raised in Philadelphia and later moved to Colorado, where he is currently based.

With four releases between 2003 and 2009, my first introduction was with the 2007 album That Sea, The Gambler, which is where you will find "Black & Blue".

My favorite is his most recent, the 2009 release This Empty Northern Hemisphere.  If you are looking for a place to start, I suggest starting here.  From beginning to end, a beautiful album.  Brandi Carlile even lends vocals to a few tracks including "That Moon Song" (above, an acoustic version without her help), and "If I Go, I'm Goin" (below), which appeared in this season's Californication on Showtime.

If it at all works with your schedule, this is one of those shows where $12 is definitely way under priced.  This is a truly talented artist, playing at a great venue, providing a perfect setting.

Grab your significant other and GO TO THIS SHOW!!!  This is a must see!!!

And if you like this, I suggest checking out two other artists.  I would never say he sounds like them, but from time to time, as I listen to his albums, there are moments that cause me to think of Alexi Murdoch, whom Gregory has shared the stage with, and Cory Chisel.  To make it easy, I posted Alexi HERE and HERE in January, and Cory HERE in March.

Please support this artist!!!

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