Chris Isaak & Lyle Lovett and his Large Band
Platinum-selling artist Chris Isaak and four-time Grammy®-winning singer, composer, and actor Lyle Lovett and his Large Band have confirmed a co-headlining performance at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University on Sunday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.
For Chris Isaak, first comes the song. And for First Comes The Night, Isaak’s latest album, this gifted singer-songwriter and bandleader is bringing us a bumper crop of strong and intriguing songs from which to choose. 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.”
Active since 1980, Lyle Lovett has recorded 13 albums and released 25 singles to date. He won four Grammy® awards, including Best Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album for The Road To Ensenada.
The new show dates follow Lovett’s current tour with his Acoustic Group, which marks his first in-person tour since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The show will feature an arrangement of Lovett standards, as well as a preview of songs from his upcoming album on Verve Records, scheduled for release this May.