Gregory Alan Isakov’s music video for “Southern Star” is premiering today at Paste. Watch/share HERE. The live video was filmed and directed by Bryan Dos Reis while Isakov and his band were recently passing through Boston.

The track comes from Isakov’s new album, Evening Machines, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart and is out now on Dualtone Records (stream/purchase here). Isakov wrote “Southern Star” while doing a writing exercise that involved choosing random words from several books (science-fiction and romance novels) he picked up from the dollar bin at his local bookstore.

In continued celebration of the release, Isakov will be embarking on a tour at the end of July that includes a SOLD-OUT headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Aug 4th), with a second show now added at the brand-new Mission Ballroom (Aug 11th). The summer tour will also include stops at the legendary Newport Folk Festival, XPoNential Music Festival, Portland’s State Theatre, Cleveland’s Agora, Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater, Sweden’s Pustervik, Denmark’s Tønder Festival, Amsterdam’s Once in a Blue Moon Festival and Brighton’s Concorde 2 among many others. Complete tour details below.

Evening Machines continues to receive widespread praise.

Evening Machines showcases his emotionally evocative songwriting style; rich in
narrative detail and beautifully contemplative.”
“…characteristically ruminative…blending a gentle spaciousness with dusky
atmospheres and carefully nuanced textures.”
“…beautiful collisions of acoustic instruments, Isakov’s soothing vocals and
otherworldly noise.”
“…unfolds at a gentle pace…[it] is the sound of befuddlement turned into beauty.”
“It’s an album of small intentions with a grand sweep, intimate and
boundless at the same time.”
“That simple presentation leaves nothing for Isakov to hide behind. He lets the stripped down nuances of his lyrics and musicianship speak for themselves; the results are deceptively straightforward but immense in their complexity.”

“…finds the gifted songwriter doing what he does best: painting a landscape in simple language that stirs our most complex emotions.”

“Ethereal background vocals and production propel the lyrics of Isakov’s ‘San Luis’…Isakov’s half-spoken delivery leaves us wanting to know, and hear, more.”

“Isakov’s latest is an evocative album, consistently holding a listener’s attention.”
Evening Machines suspends time and space as well as the simultaneous mood of earthiness mixed with that surreal somewhere else.

Recorded at a converted barn studio located on Isakov’s three-acre farm in Boulder County, CO, the twelve-track album—via Suitcase Town Music (Isakov’s label) and his first in partnership with Dualtone Records—was self-produced and mixed by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, The Decemberists) and Andrew Berlin (Descendents, Rise Against).

Of the record—his fourth full-length studio album and first in five years—Isakov comments, “I’d work really hard into the night. A lot of times I would find myself in the light of all these VU meters and the tape machine glow, so that’s where the title came from. I recorded mostly at night, when I wasn’t working in the gardens. It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter, morning or afternoon, this music always feels like evening to me.”

The new album follows Isakov’s acclaimed collaboration with the Colorado Symphony, 2016’s Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony, which featured orchestral versions of twelve of Isakov’s beloved songs. Released to widespread acclaim, NPR Music premiered the official music video for the song, “Liars,” praising, “Stunning imagery…an emotionally charged and poignant musical statement.” Previous to the symphonic album, Isakov released 2013’s The Weatherman, which debuted at #1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart and received widespread acclaim.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, raised in Philadelphia, Isakov now calls Colorado home. When he isn’t on the road, he spends much of his time on his farm in Boulder County, which provides produce to local restaurants within the community.

1. Berth
2. San Luis
3. Southern Star
4. Powder
5. Bullet Holes
6. Was I Just Another One
7. Caves
8. Chemicals
9. Dark, Dark, Dark
10. Too Far Away
11. Where You Gonna Go
12. Wings in All Black
July 25—Portland, ME—State Theatre*
July 26—Burlington VT—Flynn Center*
July 27—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival
July 28—Philadelphia, PA—XPotential Fest
July 30—Cleveland, OH—Agora*
July 31—Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue†
August 1—Milwaukee, WI—Pabst Theatre*
August 4—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre§
August 11—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom**
August 16—Trondheim, Norway—Pstereo
August 17—Bodø, Norway—Parkenfestivalen       
August 19—Örebro, Sweden—Frimis Salonger††
August 20—Gothenburg, Sweden—Pustervik††
August 21—Malmö, Sweden—Kulturbolaget††
August 23—Tønder, Denmark—Tønder Festival
August 23-26—Northamponshire, UK—Greenbelt
August 24—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Once in a Blue Moon Festival
August 27—Leeds, UK—Brudenell Social Club‡‡
August 28—Brighton, UK—Concorde 2‡‡
*support by Haley Heynderickx
§support by Mountain Man
†support by David Wax Museum
**support by special guest Amy Ray
††support by Siv Jakobsen
‡‡support by Carsie Blanton

photo credit Rebecca Caridad