Giants of the Americana music scene, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are among the most respected singer-songwriters of their time. With numerous GRAMMY nods (Hiatt) and wins (Lovett) between them, the old friends have been bright spots on the music radar for the last 30 years. They are currently on an acoustic tour and have been wowing audiences with their wealth of material, their easy banter and their casual, back-porch style.
Hailing from North Harris County, Texas, Lyle Lovett was a professional songwriter before he was a performer, but his eponymous debut album in 1986 put him on the roots music map. Weaving country, swing, folk, jazz, blues and rock into a unique musical tapestry, Lovett is a stylistically elusive artist who dips comfortably in many genres.
A prolific songwriter with 11 albums to his name, Lovett is also a celebrated actor who has appeared in numerous films and television shows including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Open Road, Bastard out of Carolina and Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story. But it’s his contributions to the American music landscape that have made Lovett a household name among country and roots aficionados.
Perhaps better known for his songwriting than his performing, John Hiatt’s songs have been recorded by a stellar cast of musicians including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Roseanne Cash, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton and Iggy Pop—to name just a few. He has influenced countless artists and established himself as one of the great American songwriters. He has also recorded 19 solo albums since 1974 and is a fixture on the folk/rock/country circuit.
On stage together, Lovett and Hiatt sit down and causally swap songs and stories back and forth; occasionally playing on each others’ tunes; stripping their music down to its essentials. With thousands of songs between them, a grab-bag of great stories and a wealth of experience, these two master songcrafters serve to remind us of the no-frills brilliance of a tight, well-written song.
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt perform at the Mountain Winery on Wednesday, June 8.