Each has amassed an incredible catalogue of music over the last 25+ years. Each is a remarkably gifted songwriter and performer. Lyle Lovett is a Texan who musical foundation lies in country but he also mixes in jazz, blues, and sly humour like no other. John Hiatt, a native of Indianapolis, is also no stranger to country influences but his music also weaves folk, blues and good old rock and roll and the result is…well…killer.
I’ve been a huge fan of both of these guys for years. I’ve seen Lyle Lovett once with his Large Band and I’ve seen John Hiatt a number of times, both solo and with his combo, most recently on the bill with Levon Helm at Toronto’s Massey Hall a few years ago. They’ve toured together in the past in an acoustic setting and they’re in the middle of another such tour right now in the States, and now comes word that this amazing pair is heading North.
Toronto’s Massey Hall (could you ask for a better setting?) will host the duo on Saturday February 1st while the next night will see them up the 401/417 at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday October 25th @ 10 am.
For a taste of what to expect, check out the extended clip below of them performing in a showcase for KGSR Radio in Austin two years ago.