April 10, 2009

Gregory Alan Isakov & Brandi Carlile: “That Moon Song”


Gregory Alan Isakov is a South African-born, Philly-raised musician whose music is all tones of sepia and creeping warmth. He’s recommended for folks who appreciate warmly intelligent, rich songwriting like Jeffrey Foucault or Josh Ritter. Now living in Colorado, we are proud to call him an adopted native son.  I love  the sly sincerity in his voice, like he knows a secret that’s making him smile.

Today I absolutely cannot stop listening to this new song from his forthcoming album This Empty Northern Hemisphere (due May 19). Not only does it blend all the scratchy, old time feelings that I love from him, but he is joined by friend Brandi Carlile on backing vocals! Together, they are perfect.  I never do get tired of her strong, clear voice.

That Moon Song (w/ Brandi Carlile) – Gregory Alan Isakov

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that full-bellied moon, just a-shining on me
and she pulls on this heart like she pulls on the sea


Last time I saw Gregory, he was wowing the sold-out Calexico crowd; I look forward to his record release party on May 15th. He is currently on tour with Ms. Carlile (*starred dates) and in them Netherlands.

Apr 10 Alltel Center – Mankato, MN*
Apr 11 Hoyt Sherman Theatre – Des Moines, IA*
Apr 14 Wheeler Opera House - Aspen, CO*
Apr 16 Meadowlark: Netherlands’ Tour Sendoff - Denver, CO
Apr 17 Platte Canyon High School - Bailey, CO
Apr 18 Everyday Joe’s  - Fort Collins, CO

Apr 24 De Bosuil - Weert, Limburg
Apr 25 Muziekpodium Bakkeveen - Bakkeveen, Friesland
Apr 26 House Concert - Bakkeveen, Friesland
Apr 27 Crossroads Radio - Bergen op Zoom
Apr 28 Q-Bus - Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Apr 29 Korsakoff - Amsterdam
May 2 Shouting Boots Radio Show (Afternoon) - Hilversum
May 2 In The Woods – Lage Vuursche
May 3 Huis Verloren - Hoorn, Noord-Holland

May 15 Fox Theatre: CD Release w/ Bela Karoli & The Widow’s Bane – Boulder, Colorado
May 19 The Belcourt Theatre – Nashville*
May 20 Eddie’s Attic – Decatur, Georgia*
May 22 WorkPlay Theatre – Birmingham, Alabama*
May 23 Blue Gills – Spanish Fort, Alabama*
May 24 House Of Blues -  New Orleans, Louisiana*
May 27 House Of Blues – Houston, Texas*
May 28 Gruene Hall – San Antonio, Texas*
May 29 Granada Theater – Dallas, Texas*
May 30 Texas Union Th. @ Univ. Of Texas – Austin, Texas*

* with Brandi Carlile

RELATED POST:I belong to the salt and the sea and the stars, save them all for me.”
[song news via my friend Bodie’s blog, The Mountain Tempo. Photo by Todd Roeth, again. I should hire him as my intern]


  • I love Isakov as well, posted beforehand about his show with Carlile in NYC on April 4. Funny though, because another fuel/friends favorite, The Damnwells, was also playing that day in the city. Which would you have chosen? Ah, so difficult. But if this is one of the biggest problems then I’m in pretty good shape…

    Lee — April 10, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

  • oh! i(heart)gregory. I’m SO glad he’s local! I saw him in 5 very different venues last spring year – playin all the new songs. I have waited looooong for this new CD!

    Ali — April 11, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

  • i saw him with carlisle in NH on April 1st. amazing show and i have allof his stuff. but the two sang a song that carlisle said was her favorite. anyone know what sing it was? i am dying to know…..

    jojo — April 15, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

  • Ali, In NYC on April 4th they did You belong to me and she said it was one of her faves. Think you can watch it on you tube.

    Jen — May 8, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

  • jen,

    thank you so much!!!!!!!!

    jojo — May 11, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

  • I love Gregory! I saw him with Brandi Carlile and was blown away by them as individual performers and together. I do have a question for you Heather. I am a huge Brandi Carlile fan and I am looking for a Brandi Carlile mp3 singing Seven Bridges Road. Would you happen to have that mp3 or know where I might find it? I would love to hear it as it is my favorite Eagles song. Hearing my favorite singer covering the song would be awesome!

    Thanks for the very cool site. You have introduced me to some very fine artists that I would never have found otherwise!

    Shaun — October 16, 2009 @ 6:01 am

  • I’m trailing behind. I just discovered Brandi Carlile about a week ago. I’m in that most exciting, infatuation stage when you just discover an artist. And I find she was in Santa Fe (I’m in Albuquerque) about a week before I became a fan. :-( I’m so bummed.

    Josh Gentry — October 29, 2009 @ 9:54 am

  • Wow, this is great.

    Josh Gentry — October 29, 2009 @ 10:05 am

  • Gregory Alan Isakov did the That Moon Song on a recent version of KBCO Studio C. That song is really really good! I don’t know this artist, and I have not seen him in concert, but that live performance on Studio C was PHENOMINAL!!!! That version of That Moon Song is just amazing. Love that song, and perhaps I really will love this artist, guess I just talked myself into buying a CD..

    Bryan Tronick — October 1, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

  • wow this brought me to tears the first time i listened to this song,What a beautiful piece of song writing ,That voice lures you into feeling and existing in this song .Thank you

    maureen krambach — December 20, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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