SACRAMENTO – It might not seem like it in the blistering July heat, but the cool sounds of swing, jazz, gospel and blues are on their way to Visalia. SBL Entertainment announced last week that come November the Fox Theatre is presenting An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29.
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.
Whether touring as a ‘Duo’ or with his ‘Acoustic Group’ or his ‘Large Band’, Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music.
Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award and was named Texas State Musician.
His works, rich and eclectic, are some of the most beloved of any artist working today.
Keen, in his own right, has amassed a passionate fan base of rednecks, hippies, frat boys and country scholars who swoon over his real-life lyrics and carefree attitude. George Strait is a fan and has tapped him to open some of his Las Vegas concerts. He’s also cut Keen’s tracks, as have the Dixie Chicks, the Highwaymen and Joe Ely, among many others. To Keen’s fans, his songs “The Road Goes on Forever,” “Gringo Honeymoon” and “The Front Porch Song” are American classics, helping make him arguably the most important figure to the formation of Red Dirt music as we know it.
“My relationship with Robert Keen is unlike any relationship I have with any human being on the planet,” says Lovett. Like Keen, he was born in Houston, and the two men have known each other since 1976, when Lovett — two years Keen’s junior — was a first-year Aggie in nearby College Station. “Robert makes me think of things that I wouldn’t think of if I were not in a room with him, and I like to think I have the same effect on him.”