LIVE: Gregory Alan Isakov @ The Egg, 4/10/15

April 22nd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

Gregory Alan Isakov

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Colorado-based singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov brought his band into The Egg in Albany recently for his Nippertown concert debut. With songs that told the story of miles, landscapes and the search for a sense of place, Isakov focused primarily on selections from his most recent album, The Weatherman. Americana favorite Jolie Holland opened the concert.

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LIVE: Brandi Carlile @ The Egg, 2/4/10

February 5th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

Brandi Carlile

Going to a Brandi Carlile concert you are pretty much assured that she’ll show you a rollicking good time. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you like because she’ll sing her heart out on a Patsy Cline ballad, play the hell out of her acoustic guitar like any of the folk divas out there, and then bang out a piano pop song, ala Elton John.

Gregory Alan Isakov

Opening act Gregory Alan Isakov

Sir John, by the way, is a featured guest on a beautiful ballad “Caroline” from Carlile’s third and latest Columbia Records release, “Give Up The Ghost.” So are Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls, Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s Benmont Tench. Add Grammy-winning producer Rick Rubin to the recording, and you can get an idea of the varied musical styles that filled The Egg on Thursday night.

Highlights of the concert included Carlile and her four-piece band starting off the show all gathered around one mic for a bluegrass-tinged, unplugged and stripped-down segment with the full band in swing just “yellin and rockin.” Her long-time musical collaborators – twins Tim and Phil Hanseroth, on guitar and bass, respectively – were bookends at her sides on stage. Meanwhile, barefoot cellist Josh Neumann and tasteful drummer Allison Miller did more than just pull their weight, too. They defined the overall sound, allowing Carlile’s voice to soar in and out of the melody.

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