$45 in advance / $50 day of concertMr. Lucky
-- Chris Isaak's
stunning 2009 masterpiece -- perfectly balances the ecstasy of great romance with the agony of pure heartbreak. Mr. Lucky
offers passionate music that feels decidedly lived-in. Like some rocking Sinatra album for the 21st Century, Mr. Lucky
is a song cycle about the good luck we earn and the bad luck we just can't seem to shake. Right from its killer opener -- the wonderfully tortured "Cheaters Town" -- to the concluding and uplifting "Big, Wide Wonderful World," Isaak
takes us all on a dark but beautiful ride -- one you will likely recognize as your own.
Throughout his impressive recording career -- right from his stunning 1985 debut to this latest stellar effort -- Chris Isaak
has tunefully and artfully explored the good, the bad and the ugly of love, as well as other matters of profound human interest. He has done so with an abiding respect for popular music's past, but at the same time with clear and vital passion for the here and now.
Yet for all the heartbreak evident on Mr. Lucky
-- and yes, there is a lot of blood on these particular tracks -- make no mistake, Chris Isaak
considers himself to be a very fortunate man indeed. "When I call this album Mr. Lucky
-- or sing a song titled `Big Wide Wonderful World' -- my tongue is nowhere near my cheek," Isaak
explains. "The truth is that anyone who gets to do what I do for a living should be saying `Thank you' on a daily basis. For all the pains and the pleasures of life, this is a wonderful world and I understand that I really am one of the luckier guys on earth."
Like some of Isaak's
best known past compositions, such as his international breakthrough smash "Wicked Game," "Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing" and "Somebody's Crying," the songs on Mr. Lucky
have a deeply felt sense of the consequences of good love gone bad, and bad love gone good. Standout tracks on Mr. Lucky
include the opening "Cheaters Town," his intimate travelogue of heartache, the tormented yet transcendent "We Let Her Down" -- the first single from the new album -- and "You Don't Cry Like I Do," a searing song of love and loss that reaches the operatic heights of Roy Orbison, one of Isaak's
greatest heroes and a kind man who generously made the effort to help Isaak
out on his way up. From the beginning, Chris Isaak
has earned his good luck the hard way -- by consistently delivering excellent work, both onstage and in the studio on a series of accomplished albums from Silvertone
(1985), Chris Isaak
(1986), Heart Shaped World
(1989), San Francisco Day
(1993), Forever Blue
(1995), the largely acoustic Baja Sessions
(1996), Speak of the Devil
(1998), Always Got Tonight
(2002), the seasonal-themed Christmas, the Best of Chris Isaak compilation
(2006) and now 2009's Mr. Lucky
Most recently, Isaak
has also started hosting The Chris Isaak Hour
, a brand new music interview series on the Biography Channel that debuts in February 2009 and has already found Isaak
interviewing and making music with a wide range of distinguished artists, including Stevie Nicks, Michael Buble, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and Trisha Yearwood. "Frankly, it's the only way I could get some of these people to talk to me and even play with me," Isaak
explains with a grin.
For Chris Isaak
, his latest effort doesn't represent any radical departure but rather a reaffirmation of his passion for the music he makes and the life that he leads. "I'm not a great believer in hard lefts or hard rights, or trying to reinvent yourself. I didn't get into this business to try and be who somebody else thinks I should be. Most of my favorite artists were people who knew who they were, and then let you know too with their music.
So what exactly is it that makes Isaak
feel like such a lucky guy? "I've been together with most of the guys in the band for 25 years now, and I still look forward to playing with them every night -- and even sharing the bus with them on the way to the next gig. Then to make things even better, when we play, wonderful people turn up to see us -- it's like having a hometown wherever we go."
"I have my dream job, and I'm still working," Isaak
adds. "And you just can't get any luckier than that."
Find more info at: www.chrisisaak.com Amy Black opens the show!
Lowell's own Country/Americana songstress Amy Black opens the show.
Find more info at: www.amyblack.com