LIVE: Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/6/15

October 7th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Outside on State Street in Troy, there were two big bright shiny tour buses and a huge tractor trailer. On stage inside the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, there were two straight-back chairs, four acoustic guitars and two sublime singer-songwriters. Heck, you could have fit it all into a station wagon.

Old friends Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt have been doing this sit-down, back-and-forth guitar pull thing for years. Before that, they did it as a trio with Joe Ely. And before that, it was a quartet of tunesmiths with Ely and Guy Clark. So it’s clear that they’ve honed in on each other in almost every way, and they know their onstage roles.

And make no mistake, their between-tune patter is as essential to their show as their songs. Dry as the Sahara and rarely cracking even a smile, Lovett plays the straight man/inquisitor, asking questions to the rubber-faced Hiatt, who steers his response to the comic side of the street and cracks up at the drop of a hat. Heck, I’d pay good money to see these guys together onstage even if they didn’t play a single song all night. They’re like the Rowan & Martin of the pre-Americana set.

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Colonial Theatre Plans Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt [Berkshire on Stage]

October 21st, 2013, 1:00 pm by Sara
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt take the COlonial Stage on October 23, 2013.

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt take the Colonial Stage on October 23, 2013.

The singer-songwriter team of Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt have almost become living legends, and will perform at the Colonial Theatre on Wednesday (October 23) at 7:30pm. Lovett and Hiatt have been touring together periodically since 1989, and have become known for delivering one of the most compelling and spontaneous concerts on the road.

Lyle Lovett has four Grammy Awards to his credit which include Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1989 and Best Country Album for The Road to Ensenada in 1996. Lovett’s newest album, Release Me, was released last year. He’s known for his hits “If I Had a Boat,” “She’s No Lady” and “Long Tall Texan.”

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LIVE: Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group @ The Egg, 7/5/13

July 29th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes

Since his last visit to The Egg back in December, 2011, Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group have become a real band, not merely the star and his backing musicians. That much was obvious from the very start of their concert at The Egg earlier this month, which opened up with Texas tunesmith Lovett and mandolinist Keith Sewell sharing the center-stage microphone for a duet on the bluegrassy “Up in Indiana.” Then for just the second song of the show, Lovett hightailed it off stage, leaving the spotlight to the band as they wound their way through the traditional instrumental “Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom,” led by the exquisite fiddling of Luke Bulla.

Later in the show, Lovett turned to stage over to Bulla again, who delivered the solo “Temperance Reel” (which Bulla co-wrote with Texas great Guy Clark) and took took over the lead vocal chores on the haunting ballad “Remember Well.” A handful of songs later, Sewell stepped up for the lead vocals on “Let Me Fall,” the title track from his new solo album.

Yes, Lovett was certainly generous to his bandmates – who also included the rock-solid rhythm section of bassist Viktor Krauss and legendary session drummer Russ Kunkel – but with a two-and-a-half-hour show, the crowd still got to hear plenty of Lovett, including such classics as the still-surreal “Here I Am” and “If I Had a Boat,” the exquisite “God Will,” the rollicking murder ballad “LA County,” the jazzy “She’s No Lady,” the zippy talking blues “Give Me Back My Heart” and, of course, the undiluted western swing of “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas).”

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LIVE: Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group @ The Egg, 12/10/11

December 14th, 2011, 4:50 pm by Greg
Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett

The lights had only been out for a moment in the Hart Theatre when a flat, dry-as-dust voice came out of the darkness. “Hello,” it said.

“Hello!” some of the full house quickly said back.

“I’m the guy who sits next to you and reads the newspaper over your shoulder,” the voice continued, as the lights went up to reveal Lyle Lovett, singer-songwriter extraordinaire and poet-laureate of the state of Texas (and if he’s not, then damn it, he should be), reciting the first “verse” of the deadpan stalker anthem “Here I Am.”

It wasn’t quite a fake-out, but we certainly did get faked out when Lovett replaced one of the “verses” with a long, heartfelt ode to Peter Lesser and the staff at The Egg. This was the second time Lovett had appeared at The Egg this year – the first being his duet show with John Hiatt back in January – and Lovett wanted everyone to know how well The Egg treats him and his people. And as soon as he was done, he went right back into the borderline silliness of “Here I Am.” (“So, if it’s not too late… PLEASE… make it a… CHEEEESE-burger…”)

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LIVE: John Hiatt & Lyle Lovett @ The Egg, 1/25/11

January 28th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

“I thought we were gonna make that bridge, what did I know?”

That was the opening line of the opening song – “My Old Friend” by John Hiatt – at The Egg in Albany on Tuesday night. And that pretty much summed up the theme of the evening, too – hopes and dreams, frequently shattered and deferred, respectively.

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Two Fab Songwriters Together @ The Egg

November 16th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

The fine folks at The Egg have been keeping us mighty busy with their American Roots and Branches concert series, and it looks like they’re not slowing down – even in the dead of winter.

The Egg will be hosting the double-bill of Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt at 7:30pm on Tuesday, January 25.

The concert will be an acoustic evening with Lovett and Hiatt sharing songs and stories on stage, both separately and together.

Tickets are currently on sale to members of The Egg for $79.50 and $64.50, and will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, November 23. For information on becoming a member of The Egg, call the box office at 518.473.1845.

LIVE: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band @ The Egg, 11/3/09

November 9th, 2009, 3:39 pm by Greg

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.

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11/3: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

November 3rd, 2009, 8:05 am by Greg

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany: Super saxman Keith Pray leads Nippertown’s swingingest big band into one of our favorite, intimate watering holes as they gear up for the impending release of their debut live album. What’s not to like? 9pm. Free; donations gratefully accepted.

FILM: “Deer Tick: To the City of Sin!” @ the Saratoga County Arts Center, Saratoga Springs: A screening of the documentary feature film about Providence alt-country-rock band Deer Tick. Also a reception with light refreshments and a Q&A session with director Cory Lovell and members of the band. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: New York Funk Exchange with Jatoba @ Revolution Hall, Troy: Vocalist Serena Fortier fronts the eight-piece Brooklyn-based band of funkateers. Sharing the stage is the eclectic acoustic trio, Jatoba. Doors at 8pm. Free.

MUSIC: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band @ The Egg, Albany: One more large band lands in Nippertown on a busy big-band Tuesday. Teriffic Texas tunesmith Lovett leads his finely honed ensemble into town in support of his latest album, “Natural Forces.” 7:30pm. $74.50, $64.50, $59.50.

And don’t forget to vote!

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