Athletic Club of Bend

Doors 5:30PM | Show Time 7:00PM

$41 General admission tickets - available online and at Newport Avenue Market  

$89 Dinner tickets  - available at the Athletic Club of Bend. Dinner ticket price includes GA access. Dinner to be served by Bistro 28.




For Chris Isaak, first comes the song.

And for First Comes The Night -- Isaak’s stunning first album of new material in six
years -- this gifted singer-songwriter and bandleader is bringing us 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,” Chris Isaak explains, 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 Chris Isaak, who
recently signed on to become a judge for the first time on The X Factor Australia. Of
his new television gig Down Under, Isaak explains, “I love Australia, and if you’re
going to look for stars, I can’t think of a more beautiful place on Earth to start
looking.” As for First Comes The Night, this is the first time that Isaak has written and
recorded so much in Nashville, Tennessee, a change in location he explored partly
upon the suggestion of his friend Stevie Nicks. ”Somehow even I had some
misconceptions about Nashville,” confesses Isaak. “You’d think a music guy who’s
been in the business as long as I have would know better. I’m a huge fan of country
music since I grew up listening to Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Buck Owens, and
I know my country history well, but even I somehow forgot Nashville is -- - and
always been -- about more than just country.”

Indeed, in Nashville, Isaak found himself working with a number of new producers
who helped show him how exciting a place to make music Nashville could be. “I
worked on the album in Los Angeles along with Mark Needham who’s done great
work with me over the years. Then I took some time to write and record in
Nashville. I had the misconception that a producer in Nashville would be bringing in
banjos and asking me what songs I had that were pure country. The truth is that
great producers are great producers, and Nashville is so full of brilliantly talented
people. I worked with Paul Worley who is a great producer, period, and he can go
anywhere in the world and make great records like he’s done with the Dixie Chicks
or Lady Antebellum. The same was true when I worked with Dave Cobb who’s been
doing amazing work lately with Jason Isbell and many others. Their backgrounds
are so deep and they’re into so much music, there was no reference I could make
they would not know and respond to in a heartbeat.”

Similarly, in the Nashville tradition, Isaak also did more co-writing than usual,
including working with some of the town’s talented songwriters. Before long, Isaak

fell in love with the tremendous musical energy of Nashville. “It’s Music City – not
just country city,” Isaak says. “At first you think of all the classic country artists, at
least I do, but then you realize how many great records Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley
and the Everly Brothers made there too. Great Rock & Roll came out of Nashville and
great Soul music too. I think I bumped into more musicians in Nashville of every
kind than anyplace else ever, and that gives you the feeling that music is alive and
well. In Nashville, people are still excited to be playing and making records, as they
should be. Literally, my cab driver was a drummer. The guy who sold me a shirt at
Macy’s was a singer-songwriter. The guy at the health food store was a bass player.
And I went to breakfast one morning, and saw Robert Plant. Everywhere you look is
another potential bandmate.”

Yet for all this exciting collaboration, First Comes The Night is very much a great
Chris Isaak album that features him at his best. For all the firsts, there’s a strong
through-line that continues from Isaak’s earlier triumphs like Silvertone (1985),
Chris Isaak (1986), Heart Shaped World (1989), San Francisco Days (1993), Forever
Blue (1995) and Always Got Tonight (2002). “I guess you can make a drink with
many ingredients, but if one is very strong, that’s what you taste,” says Isaak with a
laugh. “For better or worse, I have a tendency to dominate because I have a big voice
and some twisted ideas.”

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 explains. “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. I don’t think, “I’m going to sell 40 million records.” I
think, “How I’m going to make a hell of a record even if it’s for 40 people who just
listen to it a million times. I think about it this way -- I’ve worked my whole life and
never missed a gig in 30 something years. I want to do this, and for me, the thrill is
not gone.”

In part because of his new position on The X Factor Australia, Isaak finds himself
thinking back to his own path to stardom and the musicians who made that journey
more meaningful. “When you’re 20, you just want to be in a band to make it,” says
Isaak. “All these years later, I’ve never missed a tour or a date. And only now in the
past ten years, I’ve realized the real prize isn’t how much money you make or the
gold records. The real prize is the people you work with. That sounds like a
Hallmark Card, and that might sound crazy to a 20 year old who just wants to get
famous, but it ends up being true. I’ve seen tons of bands I know who make tons of
money and they’re very unhappy people who don’t have a friend in the world when
they’re on the road. I’ve always gone out on the road with people who I love and
respect as musicians and as people. I don’t want to be onstage with anyone who I
don’t like. I’m not that good an actor, and I have the movies to prove it. I feel lucky to
play with my band. You’d think we’d be blasé by now, but the guys are excited to
have a new record. We love playing together and we’re still trying to get it right.”

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