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Chris Isaak at The Ryman

Livin' for your Love


After a three-year run with his own Larry Sanders-like showbiz-funhouse vehicle (Showtime’s The Chris Isaak Show), not to mention intermittent gigs as part of Jonathan Demme’s repertory company, Isaak could’ve quit music and parlayed his Chet Baker pretty-boy-pugilist looks into a cushy acting career with no trouble—witness his steamy clinches in the David Lynch-directed “Wicked Game” video. But his live shows provide a platform for all his skills—not just his sneaky dry humor and comic flair, but also his unexpected heat as a slow-burning rocker (and the chill-raising Roy Orbison croon that won him a cult following on arrival almost 25 years ago). His new album Mr. Lucky sounds broadcast from some reverb-drenched lovers’ grotto, cavernous and sticky with damp heat, while duet partners Trisha Yearwood and Michelle Branch entwine their voices with his like interlaced fingers. Translation: Take a date, stupid. With The Wrights.
Wed., July 22, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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