GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV with the COLORADO SYMPHONY – “The Stable Song”

Posted: December 19, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Few people in the UK are aware of the talents of this man. An accomplished singer/songwriter who understands composition and production as well as musicianship. I have followed his career after stumbling upon the album That Sea, The Gambler, and have been increasingly continuously impressed. The orchestration on this album is wonderful, the songs familiar, yet refreshed.  “The Stable Song” is a slice of Americana that is head and shoulders above anything his more well-known contemporaries have produced in recent years. The acoustic guitar and banjo remain in the forefront and his vocals are as warm as a mid-western prairie on a summer day. The orchestration is both beautifully subdued and lush. When he sings the lines “And I ran back to that hollow again/The moon was just a sliver back then/And I ached for my heart like some tin man/When it came oh it beat and it boiled and it rang…oh it’s ringing”

A collaboration with The Colorado Symphony, the eleven track record features favourite songs from Isakov’s previous albums, as well as ‘Liars’, written by Ron Scott. Isakov will embark on an extensive US tour this next year and summer, including performances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. Club shows will feature Isakov and his band. 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. The new album follows

The new album follows The Weatherman, which debuted at #1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart and received widespread acclaim including critical notice at NPR’s Weekend Edition, NPR Music, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, etc. Isakov has toured alongside musicians such as Iron & Wine, Passenger, Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers and Nathaniel Rateliff. Gregory Alan Isakov – a South-African born, Colorado-based musician make a compilation of his work to date and underpin it with an orchestra. He is not the first artist to perform such a feat with Joni Mitchell and Mary Chapin Carpenter releasing albums with full chamber backing. What is special about Isakov and the Colorado Symphony is that his beautiful acoustic songs still maintain their delicacy without the orchestra overwhelming or intruding.

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