The Way We Were

November 17, 2010 by Post Team 

The Way We Were, Lyle Lovett and his large band have made a ten-year tradition of appearing at the Bass Hall in Fort Worth for a couple of nights each fall. We have the same fate that will continue at least another 10 or 20 years.

Despite the show of Saturday night’s Elton John and Leon Russell in the same street at the Convention Center Arena on Saturday, two Sunday, Lovett shows almost exhausted. Lovett paid tribute on Sunday with a two-hour show, more than two dozen songs, beginning with the current Cowboy ballad “forces of nature” and ending with the gospel “church” and “Is not No More Cane” ( Lyle, his quartet of backup singers and several members of the band on vocals, that number could have put any professional male choir of shame). It was time for everyone chills in the audience, and you could have heard a pin drop the proverbial when the music stopped. Sometimes two or three seconds of silence, which means “We are stunned,” is much more powerful than a standing ovation immediately.

In between, Lyle showed his dry sense of ironic humor, the insertion of a line on the Cowboys’ victory in a song, and when a fan kiddingly yelled “Freebird!” He told a hilarious story about how he was the classic rock song 1975 Klein High School class. “They rejected our first choice, that of” 30 days in the hole, “Humble Pie” he joked. Or maybe not.

However, the constant Lovett concert with each one is absolutely superb musicianship, and how lovingly spotlights his band and singers (who were called this time on foot and in chickens, the “choke the chicken” and thunder, “I Will Rise Up”). The gap gloriously creepy cello solo by John Hagen in “You Can not Resist” worth the price of admission by itself. As usual, Lovett ran the full spectrum of Latin genres – country, soul, jazz, rock and swing were covered and the Texas song-writing triumvirate of trains, horses and women heartbreaking.

Lyle The only way I could break us if you close the recording and touring. Other than that, we’re fine.

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