wsg Kate Edmonson
Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, musician and actor, Chris Isaak, will bring his "Beyond the Sun Tour" with special guest Kate Edmonson to the Fox Theatre on Friday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m.; locally presented by Fifth Third Bank.
After more than a quarter of a century into his career, Isaak's latest album, Beyond the Sun, fulfills a lifelong obsession. 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."
Elvis is heavily represented on this handpicked collection, with "Trying to Get to You." "I Forgot to Remember to Forget", "Can't Help Falling in Love", "How's the World Treating You", "It's Now or Never", "She's Not You" and "My Happiness" – the first song Elvis ever recorded. Isaak opens the set with Cash's "Ring of Fire", and later offers his take on "I Walk the Line." He wails his way through Jerry Lee's "Great Balls of Fire", revisits Orbison's "So Long I'm Gone", and heats up Perkins' "Dixie Fried." The standard set is rounded out by a blistering rendition of "Miss Pearl" by the nearly forgotten Sun artist Jimmy Wages. The second disc, which starts out with the one-two punch of Presley's "My Baby Left Me" and Orbison's "Pretty Woman", also contains the treasure "Everybody's In The Mood" by Howlin' Wolf. Clearly, this guy knows the Sun catalog inside out.
Tickets can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.