Chris Isaak coming to the Peak
Chris Isaak comes to Penn’s Peak Aug. 16. Scan this photo with the Prindeo app for a video of Isaak performing his hit “Wicked Games.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Penn’s Peak will welcome singer-songwriter and bandleader Chris Isaak at 8 p.m. Aug. 16.
For Isaak, first comes the song.
And for “First Comes the Night,” Isaak’s first album of new material in six years — this gifted musician created a bumper crop of strong and intriguing songs from which to choose.
“There was no mission for this album other than to follow the songs,” Isaak said, and in terms of songwriting, the floodgates really opened this time.
“My last release was ‘Beyond the Sun,’ — my tribute to Sun Records with a lot of covers — so this time around I had a lot of new material that I was thrilled to record.
“My manager always tells me, ‘We need more songs.’ This time, even she realized she’s creating a songwriting monster, and had to beg me to stop.”
“First Comes the Night” fittingly represents a number of firsts for Isaak, which was the first time he wrote and recorded so much in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a change in location he explored partly upon the suggestion of his friend Stevie Nicks.
Isaak did more co-writing than usual, including working with some of the town’s talented songwriters. Before long, he fell in love with the tremendous musical energy of Nashville.
For Isaak continuing to write and record is one of his best and least twisted ideas.
“People who love music still get excited for a great new song or a performance that connects,” he said.
“Making this album wasn’t a contractual obligation — it was a thrill and a privilege to be making music with so many great people. I know the business is tough and some people say it’s not a time to make records now, but I’m hooked. I love music so much.”
Also headed to Penn’s Peak
• Tonight, Blackmore’s Night, 7 p.m.
• Friday, Yonder Mountain String Band, 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, 8 p.m.
• Aug. 2, Guster, 8 p.m.
• Aug. 16, Chris Isaak, 8 p.m.
• Aug. 17, Fuel and Soul Asylum with Adelitas Way, 8 p.m.
• Aug. 18, Dave Mason and Steve Cropper — Rock and Soul Revue, 8 p.m.
• Aug. 24, Diamond Rio, 8 p.m.
• Sept. 8, Classic Deep Purple Live performed by Glenn Hughes, 8 p.m.
• Sept. 14, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, 8 p.m.
• Sept. 15, Gary Allan, 8 p.m.
• Sept. 16, Ziggy Marley, Rebellion Rises 2018 Tour, 8 p.m.
• Sept. 21, REO Speedwagon, 8 p.m.
• Oct. 7, Blues Caravan 2018, 8 p.m.
• Oct. 12, Islands in the Stream — An Evening with Dolly & Kenny tribute, 8 p.m.
• Oct. 14, The Music of Cream — 50th Anniversary Tour, 8 p.m.
• Nov. 2, Josh Turner, 8 p.m.
• Nov. 10, The Official Blues Brothers Revue, 8 p.m.
• Nov. 11, An Evening with Air Supply, 8 p.m.
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak Box Office and Roadies Restaurant and Bar.
Penn’s Peak Box Office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only, no phone orders.
For more information on Penn’s Peak, go to www.pennspeak.com or call 866-605-7325.