Best of What's Next 2009: Gregory Alan Isakov [Musician]

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Best of What's Next 2009: Gregory Alan Isakov [Musician]

Hometown: Boulder, Colo.
Album: This Empty Northern Hemisphere
For Fans Of: Josh Ritter, Ray LaMontagne, Townes Van Zandt

Born in South Africa and raised in Philadelphia, Gregory Alan Isakov makes quietly lush, deeply vibrant music more rooted in the starry night sky—like the one on the cover of his latest LP—than any terrestrial locale. Brandi Carlile picks and croons on five of the album’s tracks and took Isakov on the road with her for a spring tour. If he takes a cue from her slow, steady, solid playbook, he’ll do well for himself.