An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

Pretty much this, except the other guy was (from the land of three names – either serial killer or country singer) Robert Earl Keen, and I stayed until the end. Super fun evening of two friends – they’ve known each other since 1976 -playing guitar, singing and shooting the s**t. Great stories about their meeting and spending time together in College Station, TX, the music business, Montgomery Gentry bowdlerizing Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Family – Pampers instead of tampons – and random day-in-the-life stuff like napping, finding money in the pocket of a pair of pants you haven’t worn in a while, and people thinking you’re smarter than you are. Lots of laugh out loud funny moments. They took turns playing, at one point Lyle I think it was, said they didn’t have a set list but played off what had come before. Robert Earl also said they didn’t take requests, when someone shouted out a title from the audience, “but, you caught me at a blank moment.” I was not familiar with his music, but really enjoyed it. He had a couple very entertaining short songs for short attention spans. Since the last concert I’ve listened to Lyle more, and it was great to hear songs of his live. There were a few numbers where they both sang and played that were really great. The show was well deservedly sold out and the audience seemed appropriately appreciative.

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