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