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Gregory Alan Isakov Ready to Put Evening Machines to Work



Cincinnati, you are in for a treat. This Saturday, Gregory Alan Isakov will be stopping by The Madison Theater to fill your ears and your soul with his special brand of sleepy indie-folk – the kind of music that pairs perfectly with a summer night full of crickets and a nice bourbon buzz. It's a safe bet we won't have any crickets this weekend, but the bourbon buzz certainly seems within reach.


Perhaps best known for his quintessential backporch nightcap “The Stable Song,” Isakov's latest album Evening Machines features much of the same feel as that song, evoking thoughts of love, loss, and our connections to one another and to nature. Evening Machines is Isakov's first album of new songs since 2013's The Weatherman and was named for the equipment that accompanies the artist during late-night sessions in his barn studio. Between the two studio albums, Isakov revisited some of his previous material, working with multiple composers for full arrangements that became Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony.


The experience of working with a full orchestra seems to have had an impact on Isakov, as Evening Machines is his most sonically complete album to date. There is no doubt this is an indie-folk record, relying heavily on the artist's lyricism, vocals, and a steady diet of acoustic guitar and banjo – but the arrangements beneath the lead show just how much Isakov has continued to grow and experiment as a musician, with very pleasing results.


The date at The Madison Theater will be Gregory Alan Isakov's last state-side show before he tours briefly abroad with Passenger – a trip that will include a stop to his native Johannesburg, South Africa. No doubt it's going to be a great show! Inhailer Radio will be there for photos and a review. Be sure to say hello!



WHEN: Nov 16, Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

WHERE: Madison Theater

HOW MUCH: SOLD OUT ($27.50 advance, $32 at the door)