I saw Lyle Lovett in concert last night. I knew I would enjoy it, I just didn't have any idea how incredible his show would be. The show opened at 8 pm and it didn't end until nearly eleven. Three hours and without an intermission! A rare thing in itself.
Here is a taste for you tried and true Lyle followers.
He certainly didn't disappoint.
I have been a Lyle Lovett fan since I first heard his name mentioned in an episode of Thirty Something. Who was this artist they were talking about? I didn't have the luxury of Google but after a bit of digging I bought one of his CD's and I was hooked. When I heard that we would be going to this event I knew I was in for a fun evening of entertainment but what I didn't realize until this performance was how incredible Lyle Lovett's band is too. Each band member is a true solo-artist in their own right and each has recorded their own independent albums.
A friend of ours mentioned that she had seen Lyle and his band members at a local watering hole the night before the concert and commented on what a genuinely nice guy he appeared to be. I think she was right. This is not a man with a big ego. In fact, what I enjoyed about this concert was how Mr. Lovett was so eager to share the stage with his fellow artists and seemed to relish showcasing each of their remarkable individual skills.
Mike and I were blown away by every one of these performers and we could tell the rest of the audience was too. After all, it was a week night in the Midwest. I doubt anybody was expecting such an enthusiastically delivered and flawlessly executed concert.
I apologise for the poor video quality. I only had my iPhone and we were in the first balcony. These were great seats for viewing but not the best for recording.
These short clips are a sample of the off-the-chains talent we were privileged to hear. Just close your eyes and enjoy.
This young man really reminded us of a young Ricky Skaggs.
Shift over to the fiddle...
and finally, on the cello...
John Hagen. I had to know more about this man. I've read that he is referred to as "the psychedelic cellist".
Who knew that a cello could sound like this? Then, when I learned that this gentleman was born in Iowa City and raised in Iowa AND that he is a Norwegian Lutheran, well that just made his jaw dropping performance even more special.
This recording is a bit longer. I thought I had clipped this video right after the end of this song but I guess I just couldn't find a good ending - until I ran out of battery.
Such a magical evening. If this band is ever in your area I hope you can carve out the time to see them.