Chris Isaak Pays Tribute to Sun

Written by on November 15, 2012 in Gigs / Tours / Events, Live Reviews, November 15, 2012 - Comments Off on Chris Isaak Pays Tribute to Sun

Chris Isaak

Retro-rocker Chris Isaak and his band of top-notched musicians visited Austin’s ACL Live at the Moody Theater on Sunday, August 26, 2012. They were in Austin in support of Isaak’s latest album, Beyond the Sun, which honors the studio where all-time greats including Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Elvis Presley got their starts, Memphis’ Sun Studio. The album features mostly covers of these artists.

During the show Isaak said two things are needed to achieve success in show business: a flashy suit and talent. Obviously, Isaak had no problems filling either of these qualifications. On this night, Isaak donned one of his signature suits; a bright red number embellished with vines of bright green leaves and blue flowers. Isaak’s band members were quite dapper themselves; all sporting matching gray western style suits. Glittery guitars and drums rounded out the visual “pop” of the night.

Chris IsaakWhile the show was visually pleasing, the talent portion of the qualifications was just as evident to the audience. Isaak was joined on stage by his longtime band members including bass player Rowland Salley, drummer Kenney Dale Johnson, guitarist Hershel Yatovitz, pianist Scott Plunkett, and percussionist Rafael Padilla. These incredibly skilled musicians all seem to share Chris’ passion for live performance as was exemplified by the entertainment value of the show they put on. Isaak proved that in an era filled with lip-synched and auto-tuned “live” performances, a real entertainer can mix together great songs, genuine musical talent, and true passion for what they do, resulting in an incredibly pleasing experience for their audience. Utilizing both original material and classic covers, Chris Isaak and his band brought the Austin audience an evening of sheer entertainment.

Austin’s Kat Edmonson opened the show for Isaak and joined him later in his portion of the show for a duet.

Review by Margy Moore
Photographs by Scott Moore/ Limelight Images