Chris Isaak fits the bill for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival 

If you carefully perused the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival lineup that was just released, one featured name might have induced a head-scratching double take.

But yes, it’s true — our own local legend Chris Isaak is actually on the bill for the very first time.


He has a very good aesthetic reason: “Beyond The Sun,” his long-promised Sun Records tribute album, which is finally set for an Oct. 18 release date on classy folk imprint Vanguard.

Most are catalog chestnuts associated with Sam Phillips’ historic rockabilly label/studio. Some, like the hot-rodding “Live It Up,” are Isaak originals, penned in that same historic spirit.

Phillips himself once cited Isaak as one of the only contemporary artists he enjoyed listening to. So naturally, Isaak chose Sun Studios in Memphis to record (and self-produce) most of this set, also available in a deluxe bonus-track edition.

Here’s the standard-version track listing: “Ring Of Fire,” “Trying To Get To You,” “I Forgot To Remember To Forget,” “Great Balls Of Fire,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “Dixie Fried,” “How’s The World Treating You,” “It’s Now Or Never,” “Miss Pearl,” “Live It Up,” “I Walk The Line,” “So Long I’m Gone,” “She’s Not You” and “My Hapiness.”

And here’s what you get if you shell out for the deluxe: “My Baby Left Me,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Doin’ The Best I Can,” “Your True Love,” “Crazy Arms,” “Lovely Loretta,” “Everybody’s In The Mood,” “I’m Gonna Sit Right Dwn And Cry,” “Love Me,” “Doncha Think It’s Time” and “That Lucky Old Sun.”

It’s the album Isaak fans have been waiting for. For more, visit

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