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      July 26, 2019

      Friday   8:00 PM

      Gregory Alan Isakov

      with Haley Heynderickx
      $1 from each ticket sold for this show will support Seed Savers Exchange, a 44-year-old nonprofit doing the critical work of saving and sharing open-pollinated, heirloom, and organic seeds and plantsputting healthy, fresh food in gardens and on tables today, and protecting the biodiversity of our seed supply for tomorrow.____________________________Many musicians have day jobs to make ends meet. However, few artists maintain the lifestyle kept by Gregory Alan Isakov. The Colorado-based indie-folk artist is a full-time farmer who sells vegetable seeds and grows various market crops on his three-acre farm, while also tending to a thriving musical career. I switch gears a lot, he says. I wake up really early in the growing season, and then in the winters, Im up all night. Im constantly moving back and forth.Isakov had an easier time balancing his two passions while making his fourth full-length studio album, Evening Machines. In between farm duties, the multi-instrumentalist wrote and recorded in a studio housed in a barn on his property. Like the farm, this studio has a communal atmosphere, filled with instruments and gear stored there by musician friendsgear Isakov always leaves on, just in case inspiration strikes.Sometimes I couldnt sleep, so Id walk into the studio and work really hard into the night, he says. A lot of times I would find myself in the light of all these VU meters and the tape machine glow, so thats where the title came from. I recorded mostly at night, when I wasnt working in the gardens. It doesnt matter if its summer or winter, morning or afternoon, this music always feels like evening to me.Writing songs is this delicate balance, Isakov says. My process has never been to start out saying, I want to write a song about this. This is an important issueor this is an important emotion that Im going throughand I need to write a song about it. That has never happened; its never been part of my process. But you need to have a spark of all those, something visceral and something tangible as well to make something that sings well. Words have so much power on their own.Isakovs words especially have resonated deeply both at homehe recently sold out a Red Rocks Amphitheatre headlining showand around the world. His last studio album of new material, 2013s The Weatherman, sold over 100,000 copies, and his entire catalog has sold well over 370,000 copiesan impressive amount for a musician who releases records via his own independent label, Suitcase Town Music. With Evening Machines, Isakov is poised to reach an even larger audience, as its the first album hes licensing to a larger record label, Dualtone. For the fiercely DIY musicianin addition to housing a studio, the barn doubles as a storage and distribution hub for Suitcase Town Musiclinking up with Dualtone wasnt out of a place of need, but it was a place of curiosity, he says. I was like, Well, Ive never tried this. This could be really fun. But despite this label backing, Isakov isnt changing up his approach to music. Hell still be touring around his farming seasonand striving for a cohesive musical vision that feeds his soul. Music helped me get through some of the hardest times, Isakov says. I always write in regards to an entire record. Trying to find the music that fits together as a whole piece was the most important thing to me.

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