Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Folk singer and songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov moved to the US with his family when he was seven years old. Initially based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Isakov began playing in bands by the time he was 16. He then moved to Boulder, Colorado to attend Naropa University, where he began performing the occasional solo gig while attending school and working as a gardener. Gradually, his attention to studying horticulture gave way to pursuing music as a career. He then gained attention when he began touring with singer, songwriter, and musician Kelly Joe Phelps. Once his passion for music took over, there was no looking back for Gregory Alan Isakov.
In 2003, Gregory Alan Isakov self-released his debut album, RUST COLORED STONES, which was followed two years later by the min-album SONGS FOR OCTOBER. His 2007 release, THE SEA, THE GAMBLER, was followed by THIS EMPTY NORTHERN HEMISPHERE (2009), which featured vocals from future superstar Brandi Carlile. He then released the album THE WEATHERMAN (2013) followed by GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV WITH THE COLORADO SYMPHONY (2016), which featured some of his best-loved tracks re-recorded with a symphony. While he had built up a sizable audience already, Isakov received even more attention when his 2018 album EVENING MACHINES debuted on Billboard’s Americana / Folk Albums chart at #1 and was nominated for a Grammy in 2020 for Best Folk Album.
Two decades after the release of his first album, Gregory Alan Isakov returns in 2023 with the album APPALOOSA BONES, the follow-up to his most successful album yet. Initially, Isakov intended to make a lo-fi rock album, but the project took a decidedly different direction. While fans have already been treated to three of the album’s tracks – “The Fall,” “Before the Sun,” and the title track – there’s so much more to explore on this album. Like an aural travelogue, APPALOOSA BONES is like a journey through a barren desert at night, propped up on horseback and using the shimmering moon as your guide. It can be stark and haunting, but also rich and filled with wondrous things. And vocally, Isakov is no one-trick pony – his voice can lay low, seemingly buried by the desert sand… and then it can soar through the night like an owl in search of a perch to land on. APPALOOSA BONES is a mystical and emotional listen.
GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV