Lovett has a dedicated fan base, and I'm part of it. His music has been part of The Soundtrack Of My Life for almost as long his career itself. His songs have carried me through love and heartbreak, too many bad decisions, and countless road trips. His music is as much a part of my DNA as any other profound force in my life. His songs are stories, poetic journeys that deliver humor, sadness, and joy.
In the past, Lovett has toured with His Large Band, a 20-piece group with a big sound that made his songs explosive. With this current tour, he shares the stage with His Acoustic Group, which focuses more on bluegrass and pared-down country sounds. It’s only Lovett and four other musicians, together creating a simpler and more intimate show. Lovett is riding the two-lane blacktop with fiddler Luke Bulla, stand-up bassist Viktor Krauss, Dobro master Josh Swift, and Jeff White playing both mandolin and guitar. All sing beautifully, and their harmonies rocked. The current lineup is a dream group for old-time bluegrass and country, as each member comes from their own lineage in these genres. Lovett’s introduction of the band consisted of about 10 minutes of banter, stories, quips, and intimate details about haircuts and Grammys.
The two-and-a-half-hour set amid the gorgeous art deco interior of the Uptown was chock-filled with Lovett’s originals, songs that often utilize humor, wit, and intelligence along with the pure country sound of a man raised among the pastures and farmland of Texas. Lovett is not one of those singer-songwriters whose songs convey burden — he isn't much for confessing or wallowing; he states things as they are in a way that is both self-deprecating and true.
An audience member requested “Texas Trilogy,” so Lovett took a set list detour and played Steven Fromholz's epic song of life in rural Texas. Ending the night, Lovett busted out his most beloved song, “If I Had A Boat” then came back and encored with “She’s No Lady” and “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)”. The crowd had no problem giving this quirky Texan a standing ovation at the end of his set