Gregory Alan Isakov
Kris Orlowski, Sean Bruce
1221 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Gregory Alan Isakov
Gregory Alan Isakov - "The Weatherman"
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and calling Colorado home, Gregory Alan Isakov has been traveling all his life. Songs that hone a masterful quality beyond his years tell a story of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place.
Music has been a stabilizing and constant force. “I’ve always had this sense about music and writing that I sort of have to do it. Like I’ll implode without it. I probably wouldn’t do it if I felt any other way.”
His song-craft lends to the deepest lyrical masterpieces, with hints of his influences, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. He has been described as “strong, subtle, a lyrical genius,” but the source of his writing often remains a mystery to him. “My songs have nothing to do with me; they have a life of their own. A lot of times I won’t know what a song is about when I’m writing it. It just has a certain feeling about it.”
Isakov has played numerous music festivals and venues across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When he is not on the road or writing, he is usually in his garden. A degree in horticulture might seem contradictory to a life spent in motion, but Isakov finds balance in the quiet concentration of the work, creating roots that keep him
connected to home.
His new album, The Weatherman, was recorded mostly in solitude outside the quiet mountain town of Nederland, Colorado over the course of a year and a half. "I wanted to make something that felt genuine. We recorded everything with analogue gear and mixed it on tape, which gives the songs a raw and vulnerable feeling."
The title Isakov chose for the record reflects the nature of his external surroundings as much as his inner experiences. References to the weather are a reoccurring theme in Isakov's writing, but there is a deeper meaning behind the name.
"To me, the idea of a weatherman is really powerful. There's a guy on television or on the radio telling us the
future, and nobody cares. It's this daily mundane miracle, and I think the songs I chose are about noticing the
beauty in normal, everyday life."
Though I call both Bellingham and Seattle home, I've always loved to move around. I get restless if I'm in one spot for too long. Shifting from town-to-town, meeting new folks, and trying out a variety of lifestyles and opportunities appeals to me. I think that it stems from relocating so much as a kid, or perhaps simply I'm a child of the A.D.D. generation. I've always blamed the artist within me for my fickle attention span, but keeping things fresh and interesting has strengthened my songwriting.
I've noticed the songs that I write reflect those experiences and take-on their own lifestyle change. After eight years of traveling to perform, these songs have gone on their own tour with various types of exposure, from an intimate telling at a Polish pub, to a grand performance in a world class theater backed by a seventeen piece orchestra. I've enjoyed the raw, amplified sounds of playing as a five-piece band, and adding a quartet or orchestra to any given show to provide notes of emotional depth and cinema.
As we march into the New Year, the band remains focused on the evolution of the song. There is a new spirit to our vantage as we approach the creation of a full length album. While I still hear collective notes of hope, reflection and discovery, there seems a shift, another voice emerging – one that grows louder as we take to the road.