An Evening with Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

SBL Entertainment presents

An Evening with Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

Thu, November 29, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$49-$99

Lyle Lovett
Lyle Lovett
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.
Robert Earl Keen
Robert Earl Keen
As singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen has built a reputation as one of the nation's finest musical storytellers, he has been guided by several self-imposed rules and traditions that are often the antithesis of music industry standards. It's because of Keen's confidence in his work that he had the courage to abandon his tried-and-true formula while making his new Lost Highway album and 16th release, Ready for Confetti. As a result, he has produced one of the finest albums of his career, and likely the most approachable one as well. He tackles such universal themes as losing love, living the best possible life and transcending this world into other spiritual realms.

Almost everything about Ready for Confetti is different for Keen, from some of the songs' shorter lengths (likely considered sacrilegious in the past) to the songs' topics and attitudes and his method of songwriting. "I always said that I never write on the road because it's too sterile and I'm too tired," says Keen, who wrote nine of the album's songs and co-wrote another with Dean Dillon. "Well, last year I just decided that we were going to throw that rule away and write on the road." Traditionally, he would spend three weeks at Scriptorium, his cabin on a hill, where he would write an entire album's worth of material. This time, writing whenever and wherever the mood struck allowed him to explore ideas as they developed while performing 180 shows a year.

Keen also no longer felt the need to prove anything to himself as a songwriter, so he was able to just relax and follow wherever his creativity led.

"I feel like my gift is my lyrics. They have always come easily for me and I've enjoyed it. When I was doing this record, I thought, 'I've done all that. I don't need to keep on provoking thought or making people want to sit up and listen to this. I really would like to write the best songs I can in the best way I can and let the songs speak for themselves.' So I sat down and really dropped my guard about how it needs to be different."
Venue Information:
Visalia Fox Theatre
300 Main Street
Visalia, CA, 93291
http://www.foxvisalia.org

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