Folksinger Gregory Alan Isakov Connects His Farm And His Music

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<p>(Stephanie Wolf/CPR News)</p>
<p>Singer-songwriter looks over the symphonic re-arrangements of his music for his new album with the Colorado Symphony. </p>

This story originally aired on June 9, 2016.

Folksinger Gregory Alan Isakov's music is often intimate, almost like a whisper. But it takes on a much bigger sound on his new album, when he's backed by the Colorado Symphony.

An 11-track release of rearranged favorites and one previously unrecorded track, "Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony" is out Friday.

Photo: Gregory Alan Isakov, Boulder farm, post it notes
Isakov collects song lyrics on giant Post-It notes. Pictured here are lyrics that ended up in his song "Master and a Hound," which is included on his latest album with the Colorado Symphony.

In past CPR interviews with Isakov, his farm in unincorporated Boulder County has loomed large. Agriculture brought him to Colorado and when he's not on the road the farm is his refuge. His music studio is also there and it's where he mixed his new album.

The singer-songwriter walked his property with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner and spoke about the similarities between farming and music.

Isakov makes his headline debut at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sept. 4.

Click the audio above to hear the full interview.