Okay… the forecast said 2-4 inches, but it looks like there’s closer to a foot of fresh snow out there. Up high it’s probably two. Skiing Zion? Tomorrow we shall see.
Gregory Alan Isakov is a singer songwriter of the same caliber of other musical heroes that I put on Something Borrowed such as Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen. His lyrics are poetic and nuanced, his voice soars, and his music is hauntingly beautiful.
I first saw him live, by accident really, in a little coffee shop in Fraser, Colorado. This was back in the winter of 2007/2008, soon after he had released That Sea, the Gambler. I instantly knew he was a different caliber than your typical coffee house folky, and when he played The Stable Song with Jeb Bows on fiddle, I knew I’d be buying his album before Jenn and I left the show. We chatted with him briefly after his set, talking about other music and influences, and thanking him for his songs and warm music on a cold winter evening.
Upon hearing Gregory, Jenn remarked that he and I had a similar sound, and I take that as a great compliment. I still get comparisons to him, and I am totally okay with that. Seeing his rise to success has given me confidence to be the folky, introverted, singer-songwriter and artist. And if that were the only reason to call him an influence, then I surely would.
His music continues to get better and better. This Empty Northern Hemisphere, from which I pulled this song, is my favorite of his, though his new record, The Weatherman, is brilliant as well.
Lynsey. Recording string parts in Springdale Utah.
Things are really starting to come together on the new album, and I couldn’t be happier. Lynsey is a wonderful violinist and really makes the songs just so much better with her arrangements.