Chris Isaak hasn't really thrilled anybody since his 1989 smash, "Wicked Game" (or perhaps since the Herb Rittsdirected video for his 1989 smash, "Wicked Game"), but neither has he disappointed: This Northern California native claims one of the sturdiest songbooks in adult-oriented rock, a deeply crafty catalog of Presley/Orbison/Everly echoes that never sacrifices sexiness at the altar of authenticity. This year Isaak's been busy; in February he launched The Chris Isaak Hour
a Bio Channel chat show and released Mr. Lucky
, his first new studio disc since 2002, with highlights including "We've Got Tomorrow," a kicky rockabilly jam, and "Breaking Apart," a tender Trisha Yearwood duet. Still, don't expect him to sound anything other than perfectly relaxed tonight. Opener Susan Tedeschi sings and plays a mean blues-soul guitar; she and her hubby, Derek Trucks, run what must be the jam-friendliest household in America.
Wed., Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2009