You know it’s a strange and wild ride when a performer steps into the spotlight to kick off his show by singing, “I’m gonna choke my chicken/choke my chicken/choke my chicken til the sun comes up.” And then he wraps it all up two and a half hours later with the glorious gospel of “Church.”
But, on the other hand, you probably wouldn’t expect anything less from an eccentric singer-songwriter like Lyle Lovett.
In support of his new “Natural Forces” album, Lovett rode into The Egg with a truly wailing incarnation of his Large Band. Ten musicians strong, the band featured super session stars Russ Kunkel on drums and the magnificent Dean Parks on electric guitar.
The backing vocal section was another all-star aggregation featuring Willie Green, Jr., Sir Harry Bowens and Sweet Pea Atkinson. You want soul? Oh, you got it…
It was a knockout show. You can read my review in the Times Union.
LYLE LOVETT & HIS LARGE BAND SET LIST
Farmer Brown/Chicken Reel
It’s Rock & Roll
Here I Am
I Will Rise Up
Cute as a Bug
Empty Blue Shoes
Sun and Moon and Stars
No Big Deal
The Truck Song
If I Were the Man That You Wanted
Up in Indiana
If I Had a Boat
I’ve Been to Memphis
Ain’t No More Cane
My Baby Don’t Tolerate