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For Chris Isaak—the smooth-voiced, two-time GRAMMY® award nominee, and wickedly charming TV and film actor—first comes the song. And for First Comes The Night—Isaak’s stunning first album of new material in six years—this gifted singer-songwriter and bandleader is bringing us a bumper crop of strong and intriguing songs from which to choose.
“There was no mission for this album other than to follow the songs,” Chris Isaak explains, and in terms of songwriting, the floodgates really opened this time. “My last release was Beyond The Sun—my tribute to Sun Records with a lot of covers—so this time around I had a lot of new material that I was thrilled to record. My manager always tells me, `We need more songs.’ This time, even she realized she’s creating a songwriting monster, and had to beg me to stop.”
First Comes The Night fittingly represents a number of firsts for Chris Isaak. This is the first time that Isaak has written and recorded so much in Nashville, Tennessee, a change in location he explored partly upon the suggestion of his friend Stevie Nicks. “Somehow even I had some misconceptions about Nashville,” confesses Isaak. “You’d think a music guy who’s been in the business as long as I have would know better. I’m a huge fan of country music since I grew up listening to Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Buck Owens, and I know my country history well, but even I somehow forgot Nashville is—and always been—about more than just country.” For all the firsts, there’s a strong through-line in the new album 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). First Comes The Night is very much a great Chris Isaak album that features him at his best.
Says Isaak, “People who love music still get excited for a great new song or a performance that connects,” he explains. “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…. I’ve realized the real prize isn’t how much money you make or the gold records. The real prize is the people you work with…. I feel lucky to play with my band. You’d think we’d be blasé by now, but the guys are excited to have a new record. We love playing together and we’re still trying to get it right.”