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Chris Isaak ~ Almost Sold Out: Please call our Box Office for ticket availability/orders 707-259-0123 x 6 between Noon & 5

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August 8, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 Please call our Box Office for ticket availability/orders 707-259-0123 x 6 between Noon & 5
Yes, after more than a quarter of a century into his career, Chris Isaak has finally created the album he’s always wanted to make.  Beyond the Sun, Isaak’s first Vanguard Records release out Oct. 18 —is truly a labor of love. As a child spinning his parents 45s in their Stockton, California home, this deeply committed artist has been obsessed with the glory days of Memphis’ Sun Studio and the visionary artists who got their starts there—including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis—all of them discovered and nurtured by the late, great Sun Records founder Sam Phillips. Now, at long last, Isaak has acted on this lifelong obsession, magically recapturing the transformative hepcat brilliance of the classic sides cut by these greats at Sun with Phillips during the mid-’50s, while also getting down to the heart and soul of his own deeply rooted musical identity.  Beyond the Sun will be available in both the 14-song standard set as well as a double album version that includes an additional 11 tracks.

“I did this because I love this music—that’s the entire reason,” Isaak explains, advising, “you gotta listen to the original ones—they’re classics – they’re awesome but you can have fun with them. These guys discovered this music for us and we had to rediscover it. There’s no way to do it exactly like they did it, so you’ve gotta give a little bit of your own take on it.”

Considering how unmistakably Isaak’s own music has been inspired by that of the Sun greats, particularly Presley and Orbison, the obvious question is, what took him so long? “When I started making music, I thought that if I do those songs, where do I go from there?” he says. “I wanted to make sure I found my own sound and established who I was. But I always loved that music and I wrote songs in that spirit. You can go through all my songs and you won’t find one reference to goin’ to the bop. They’re about my life, not about nostalgia for the ’50s.  I came to a point where I felt like the time was right to do this record. I’d met all my heroes and worked with most of them, and I didn’t hear anybody else doing it the way I wanted to do it.”

Isaak is joined on the record by his longtime band—bass player Rowland Salley and drummer Kenney Dale Johnson, who’ve been with him from the start, guitarist Hershel Yatovitz, pianist Scott Plunkett, and percussionist Rafael Padilla—and it turns out every one of these skilled musicians shares Chris’ passion for the Sun sound, along with a rarified feel for playing it.

“There’s just something about my band that was really right for it, because they all love that kind of music”Isaak points out. “I’ll tell you somethin’: everybody thinks early country is easy to play. It’s not easy. It’s just as hard to play as, like, abstract jazz fusion or anything else. It’s got a feel, and if you get the feel wrong, everything’s wrong. And I don’t think you could find a better rhythm section than mine for playing this music anywhere. Kenney is the shuffle king. And on top of that, Scotty, my piano player, just nailed this stuff. I really don’t think there’s anybody who could play it any better.”

Uptown Theatre is excited to welcome this veteran Uptown performer again on August 8th for what will surely be another exciting event from Chris Issak.

Opening for Chris Isaak is Roem Baur – www.roembaur.com

Roem Baur is a San Francisco based singer-songwriter with a “stirring vocal range and a passion for his music” (Nina Ragonese, WMATT) that proves to be worthy of the unusual distinction of his epithet (which came to his young, single mother in a dream shortly before he was born).  A classically trained tenor with a four octave range and award-winning singer (MAMA and Elly Awards), Baur has begun to distinguish himself in the San Francisco scene with his unconventional takes on blues, soul and folk music coupled with the wit and energy he brings to his live performances.  S


August 8, 2014
7:00 pm
75 - 115