Gregory Alan Isakov – Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony

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The periwinkle glow of Third Man Records’ Blue Room is enough to make
anyone feel like they’re stuck in a Violet Beauregardian state of
consciousness, but Isakov, a South Africa-born, Philadelphia-raised
songwriter turned the place into an intimate living room serenade (even
with Jack White’s beloved taxidermy hanging overhead). Isakov’s songs,
wistful and often-string chugged, could blend into the landscape if they
were a hair less sincere or a hair more weepy, but the balance here is
just right. Crowded around a mic with his dynamite band, Isakov’s
presence was delicately hypnotic, proving folk music can be electric and
impassioned without that virulent Mumford strum. —Marissa R. Moss

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