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June 13, 2016

Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony Album Released Today, Receives National Critical Acclaim


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Seth McNew, Director of Public and Community Relations


Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony Album
Released Today, Receives National Critical Acclaim

June 10, 2016 – Denver, CO – The album Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony was released today, available for purchase at A collaboration with the Colorado Symphony, the eleven-track record features songs from Isakov’s previous albums, The Weatherman, This Empty Northern Hemisphere, and That Sea, the Gambler, as well as “Liars,” which was written by Ron Scott.

Recorded at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, as well as at Starling Farm in Boulder, Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony was co-produced by Isakov and his longtime collaborator, Jamie Mefford, and was arranged by Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa) and Jay Clifford (Jump Little Children), and conducted by the Colorado Symphony’s Scott O’Neil.

“This has been a wonderful and seamless collaboration with Gregory and the Symphony,” says Anthony Pierce, Colorado Symphony Senior Vice President, Program Innovation. “After performing together multiple times, this album beautifully displays what the orchestra can contribute, as well as Gregory’s unique style.”

Already receiving critical attention, NPR Music recently premiered the official music video for “Liars,” praising, “Stunning imagery and a symphony of sound make this Gregory Alan Isakov video an emotionally charged and poignant musical statement.” The video can now be viewed/shared via YouTube.

A new interview with Gregory Alan Isakov aired this week on NPR “Weekend Edition Sunday.” Listen to the full conversation with host Rachel Martin here. Additionally, as part of a recent profile, T Magazine premiered a new version of Isakov’s beloved song “Big Black Car” and spoke with the acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer about his love of horticulture and his Colorado farm. Read the full story here. The collaboration has also been featured in the New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and more.

In celebration of the release, Isakov will embark on an extensive orchestral tour this spring and summer, including performances with various orchestras around the country. Many of the concerts will feature Isakov and his band—Jeb Bows (fiddle), Philip Parker (cello), Steve Varney (electric guitar/banjo), John Grigsby (upright bass), and Max Barcelow (drums)—along with The Ghost Orchestra from Colorado (a symphonic ensemble featuring brass and string players, that includes members of the Colorado Symphony). 

The new album follows Isakov’s highly acclaimed 2013 release, The Weatherman, which debuted at #1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart and received widespread acclaim including critical notice at NPR’s Weekend EditionNPR MusicEsquireRolling StoneThe Boston Globe, etc. Of the music, Denver Westword proclaimed, “Bob Dylan once sang, ‘You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,’ and you don’t need to be a singer-songwriter to realize that Isakov has created something truly stunning here.”

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now calling Colorado home, Isakov is a lifelong traveler. Since his debut, Isakov has toured alongside musicians such as Iron & Wine, Ani DiFranco, Passenger, Josh Ritter, Brandi Carlile, and Nathaniel Rateliff. With a degree in horticulture, Isakov balances the art of making and performing his music with running a small farm in Colorado.


1. Liars
2. Dandelion Wine
3. Big Black Car
4. The Stable Song
5. Amsterdam
6. Master and a Hound
7. Saint Valentine
8. That Sea, the Gambler
9. Living Proof
10. If I Go, I’m Goin
11. Unwritable Girl



For more information or to request interviews, please contact:

Seth McNew, Director of Public and Community Relations  – 303.308.2477

For high-resolution, downloadable images of the Colorado Symphony, visit

The 2016/17 Colorado Symphony Season is presented by Arrow Electronics. Support also provided by: The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), 9News, and United Airlines.


Tickets are available online at, by phone at 303.623.7876, and in person at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street. The Box Office is open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday, noon – 6 pm; and two hours prior to each performance.


One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by internationally renowned Music Director Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music. To learn more, visit