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when Music rules the World

Gregory Alan Isakov
San Luis
San Luis
Gregory Alan Isakov (Evening Machines)
Samuel: The artist and the song may not be the most 'South African' but this song is so representative of a genre of music that I absolutely adore that I just have to send it.

Influenced by the rural blue-collar lyricism of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Joe Phelps, and Leonard Cohen, it wasn't long before Colorado-based singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov's own blend of dusty folk and moody Americana began turning heads. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1979 and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he began touring with a band at the age of 16 before eventually relocating to Colorado to hone his talents as a solo artist. Emerging in 2003 with debut album Rust Colored Stones -- he releases all of his records via his own independent label, Suitcase Town Music -- Isakov went on to find success with his third studio effort, 2007's That Sea, the Gambler. It was followed by The Empty Northern Hemisphere in 2009 and The Weatherman in 2013. His atmospheric blend of folk and rural chamber pop eventually found its way to television, with songs appearing in episodes of Girls, Rectify, and Californication, among others. A flair for the cinematic led Isakov to release an album with the Colorado Symphony in 2016, and he also toured with the orchestra. Isakov recorded his next studio long-player, Evening Machines, at home on his working three-acre farm -- in addition to making music, he sells vegetable seeds and grows his own market crops. The lush, 12-song set, whittled down from 40, was mixed by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, the Decemberists) and released in October 2018, earning Isakov a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album.


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