Outdoor concert. Country music and a Large Band. What could go wrong?
Well, starting the gig in temperatures exceeding 40 degrees was…not cool.
When she’s on form, Emmylou is aces, and she was last night. A lot of her later material, which suits her vocal range, accompanied by some stellar musicians.
Then the main act. Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Large is not a misnomer; horns, guitar, steel guitar, two double basses, drums, piano and a gospel choir. Oh, and a guest vocalist, Francine Reid.
He started big, and then bit by bit the players went away to leave Lyle alone, and then a build up – a really nice symmetry to the show.
The musicians and the backing were faultless. Peerless. But Lyle was generous to a fault; back stories to his ensemble, how they met, what they’re good at. Letting the fiddler have a solo spot to promote his album. Anecdotes about country greats -Guy Clark – before tribute songs.
It was tight, it was well done, and it was great.
Mix. A surfeit of rugby colleagues I didn’t know would be there, and then the usual Wolf Trap folks.
It made me think..
I should get more of his back catalogue – this was Sharon’s gig.
And – is this how Buddy Holly would have ended up? Touring with a big band, alternating smaller material with big gospel?