Isakov's latest studio release "Evening Machines" is up for "Best Folk Album," competing against Americana heavyweight artists Andrew Bird, Che Apalache, Joy Williams and Patty Griffin.
When he released the album, he told CPR News it took him about a year to record the album, the fastest he’s ever made a record.
“I tend to really dive into making records, I bleed into those things,” he said.
He recorded more than 35 songs for the album, but only a dozen made the final cut.
“I’m not a perfectionist by any means, there are mistakes all over the record, but it has to feel good, it has to feel right,” he said. “Cause we did some of it live maybe there’s some imperfect noises going on in the background or maybe our timing is a little off, but the song moves and it travels and you feel.”
The album’s title comes from the machines in his home studio, a retrofitted barn on his three-acre working farm in Boulder.
Another band with Colorado ties nominated for a Grammy this year is Lettuce. The funk band formed in Boston, but they recorded their latest record at Colorado Sound Studios and two of the members now call Denver home. “Elevate” was nominated for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.”
The Grammy Awards air Jan. 26, 2020 on CBS.