Lyle Lovett’s 2008 Tour Wins Converts

Photos: Overture Hall, Madison WI
July 13th, 2008
Credit for all photos to Bryan Gladding. Thank you, Bryan.

Lyle’s 2008 tour is one great tour. After every show, this blog gets tons of hits for Lyle and his band, and my email gets messages from person after person who was there for the magic of another show on another night…

The set list is great. It really is. It’s fantastic. But it’s more than the set list…

From Kate:

“This Lyle Lovett concert at the Mountain Winery was the best musical performance I have ever attended.

“I am so glad you were there, because the evening, the weather, the night sky and band with the mission as the backdrop, along with the dramatic lighting…..well……..it was heaven.”

From Gary:

“I hadn’t actually seen Lyle in concert until August 9th, I was just a casual fan. But that show made me a convert.”

“..The most amazing thing: There was a thunderstorm going on behind the stage in the mountains not too far away. When Lyle was singing “I Will Rise Up/Ain’t No More Cane”, when he sang “As the storm clouds gather and the lightning strikes”, a big bolt of lighting filled the sky behind him. To make the effect even more amazing, when he sang the next line “And the thunder rolls”, it did exactly that. The thunder rumbled down from the mountains and the crowd went wild. It couldn’t have happened more perfectly if he’d have timed it himself. From then on, the crowd was transfixed.”

From Sam:

“I have seen Lyle on several tours and this is my absolute favorite.”

“The BIG highlight of the Louisville show was that Lyle’s monitor went out and while they fixed the technical glitch, he chatted with the audience and told a story about a woman that was on the plane with him that came to the show that night. It took about 5 min. to fix the glitch and Lyle was pure magic during the give and take with the audience. After the glitch, he resumed the show with “This Old Porch” and proceeded through the rest of the set with anecdotes and stories not heard at the other shows.

Now while I can’t promise you great stuff like technical glitches and lightening and thunder on cue at your show, I think it’s safe to say this is a tour not to be missed.

If you do go see the show, drop me an email or a comment about it. I love that sort of thing.

Link to some audio of the Saratoga show HERE.


5 Responses to “Lyle Lovett’s 2008 Tour Wins Converts”

  1. 1 moonshadow
    August 22, 2008 at 6:14 am

    t&jam, I’m clicking on HERE, but getting nothing. Help, por favor.

  2. August 22, 2008 at 7:30 am

    All fixed. Sorry about that.

  3. 3 moonshadow
    August 22, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Thanks, tandjam. So-so recording? The recordings are awesome! Thank you for sharing the concert with us. Wow. Just. Wow.

  4. 4 Linda T
    August 22, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Wow! He’s got an October 22nd show here in Boston with John Hiatt solo acoustic. Sounds like it’s a not-to-be-missed event! I’ll miss the backup singers, though LOL.

  5. August 22, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Linda, I’ve been to a show on the ‘songwriters tour’…it was Guy Clark, Joe Ely, John Hiatt, and Lyle Lovett. They sat in four chairs in a row across the stage. Each had a guitar, and they took turns singing their songs. It felt very intimate, and there was some very funny banter between the songs.

    But…I did miss the backup singers. And the band. And everything. What I really wanted was a Lyle Lovett and His Large Band show, and the ‘songwriters tour’ was not that. But it was something else, and something very cool.

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