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Interview:
Work Load Keeps Chris Isaak "Mr. Lucky"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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“Mr. Lucky” may be Chris Isaak’s first new studio album in seven years, but the rock veteran reminds us that “I never stopped and went to the Bahamas.”

Isaak — who’s best known for his 1991 hit “Wicked Game” — can certainly back that up. In 2006, he released “Christmas” and “Best of Chris Isaak,” and two years later he put out the concert set “Live in Australia,” all of which feature new tracks.

“I’ve constantly been in the studio and working,” Isaak, 53, explains. “I’ve been writing and always had part of this (‘Mr. Lucky’) coming and part of this album finished, and then another part and then kept going, ‘I want to put that one out. Let’s go!’ ”

Isaak also set up a return to TV with his new Bio channel show “The Chris Isaak Hour.” The successor to “The Chris Isaak Show” on Showtime premiered in February and features conversation and music-making with fellow artists such as Trisha Yearwood, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens), Glen Campbell and Chicago.

“I’m really happy with the format of the show,” Isaak says. “We have more time than most talk shows, and we go off the beaten path and ask some weird questions.

It really opens up a little more for the artists, and musically we get to play five or six songs — a little more than just the hit.

“We had a good time with the first show we did, so I guess we weren’t scared to try it again.”



Chris Isaak and Michelle Branch perform at 8 p.m. Sunday (July 19) at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills. Tickets are $30 and $45 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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