Last night, New York City's Beacon Theater played host to alt.country royalty: Lyle Lovett and his Large Band were in town, and for over two hours they rocked the house with a potent mixture of Texas swing, gospel, and "newgrass."
Carrie and I had third-row seats, and though they weren't cheap, we got full value for money out of the performance last night, which left us exhausted and happy in the way that only an up-close-and-personal encounter with real art can do.
The Large Band lives up to its name. Lovett was touring with 11 instruments (two guitarists besides himself; a mandolin player; a cellist; a fiddler; a bassist; two percussionists; a pedal steel player; and a piano player), plus a power trio of backup singers.
A local gospel choir, God's Generation, from Danbury, CT, is touring with Lovett in the Northeast and provided enthusiastic support at the beginning and end of the show.
Lyle is a delightful eccentric, and though many of the songs he played last night were very familiar (I've been a fan for over 20 years), a few of them were new to me. Here's a song he played last night about being unfaithful on the road... with food.
"Keep it in your pantry." :-)