Byron Isaacs

Byron Isaacs records and tours with The Lumineers. He met the band through producer Simone Felice and first contributed bass and backing vocals to their platinum-selling Cleopatra. He’s on their 2019 album III that explores themes of addiction and on their newest #1 album Brightside.

Isaacs also plays with guitarist Peter Cole in their New York City-based rock band Lost Leaders. Their fourth and latest EP was Jealous Sun, out in 2022, following Promises Promises in 2019. New music is forthcoming in 2024, and in the meantime, the band performs with drummer Lee Falco (The Lemonheads) and keyboardist Will Bryant (Rachael Yamagata, Joan Osborne).

Isaacs was one of the six founders of the legendary Americana band Ollabelle, which toured with Diana Krall and was featured on T Bone Burnett’s Great High Mountain Tour. Ollabelle recently reunited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album. 

Through his Ollabelle colleague Amy Helm, Isaacs met her father Levon Helm and joined his famous Midnight Rambles. He played on both of Helm’s Grammy-winning albums and wrote the song “Calvary” that Levon sings on Dirt Farmer. Isaacs also played and toured with Amy and produced her first solo album, Didn’t It Rain. Now Isaacs makes frequent appearances at The Helm Family Midnight Ramble with Amy and her son Lavon Collins.

In June 2018, Isaacs released a solo album, Disappearing Man, to rave reviews. More recently Isaacs has enjoyed songwriting collaborations with Jim Keller. He played on Noah Kahan‘s Busyhead and is on Carry Me Home, the 2022-released collaboration between Mavis Staples and Levon Helm.

During his decades-long career Isaacs has also recorded and/or performed with Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Roseanne Cash, Jackson Browne, Nina Nastasia, Ryan Adams, Chris Smither, Richard Shindell, Mary Fahl, The Weight Band, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, David Baron and many others.