Gregory Alan Isakov to close out Chautauqua Auditorium summer concert series on FridayBy Candace Horgan | September 19th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Isakov and his band have played the venue on several occasions as an opening act, sharing the stage with such renowned artists as Cowboy Junkies, Indigo Girls and Brandi Carlile — the latter of whom Isakov has frequently sat in with, most recently opening for her at Red Rocks. It was at Chautauqua, in fact, where Isakov and Carlile first met.
“She was coming on and we connected really quickly,” Isakov recently recalled.
“I think I made a joke or something, like ‘You have a long tour coming up; I might make some space on my calendar.’ And she was like, ‘OK.’ ”
In addition to opening for Carlile at Red Rocks this summer, Isakov has been busy recording a new album, which he hopes will come out by the end of the year. He’s been recording at his home and at the Mountain House studio in Nederland.
“It’s funny, I’ll do sketches of songs at my house and there will be crickets and stuff in the background, and I’ll be like, ‘I can’t keep this, it’s not quiet enough,’ and then it ends up being what I fall in love with,” Isakov said. “There’s a lot of crickets on it right now!”
Isakov has been playing some of the songs live already, a process that changes the song arrangements.
“We’re constantly rearranging songs, changing the feel of them, and I think that even goes for old songs,” he said. “You can get away with different things at a show because you are playing to a crowd, and I think when you are making a record, you are playing for one person, and you can get away with a lot of space on the record.”
After Chautauqua, Isakov heads to Europe for a short tour in October and November, then plans to return home to finish the album, for which he plans a CD release show, though he still has to work out the details. For now, he is most excited about headlining Chautauqua.
“We’re so blown away that we get to play there,” he said, with a slight tone of awe. “It’s so cool.”