Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wolf Trap - Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett

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I'll get back to the Shore Leave posts soon, but in the meantime, here's a few notes from the Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris concert at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts on August 12, 2016.

Emmylou Harris opened the show accompanied by Chris DonohueMary Ann Kennedy and Pam Rose. Harris' band is just the opposite of Lovett's Large Band—only four people with minimal percussion, which is well-suited to her folk/country style.

Emmylou Harris at Wolf Trap - August,12, 2016
Emmylou Harris started her set before the sun was just setting.
The colored stage lights always distort the pictures I take with the phone...

After Emmylou finished, there was a short break to finish setting up the Large Band, then Lyle came out and jumped right into Church.

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at Wolf Trap
Lyle performing Church.
The Morgan State University Gospel Choir is on the left behind the piano.

Here are links to a few of the songs Lyle Lovett performed (not all official):

Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris at Wolf Trap
Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett preparing to perform together.

Here is a link to a video of one of the songs Emmylou Harris (with Lyle Lovett) performed:

During the concert, there were several mentions of singer/songwriter Guy Clark, who recently passed away. Both Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett had worked with him and greatly admired his talents.

Although I wasn't particularly familiar with either performer's work, I had a good idea how Emmylou Harris' show would go. I wasn't as prepared for the gospel-style songs from Lyle Lovett, backed up by the Morgan State University Gospel Choir. Let's just say it gets a little more lively when he starts up! Morgan State University is just around the corner from where I lived for a number of years. I even did some work there once, but that was many years ago. The show varied between having the Large Band on stage to just Lyle and one other musician, and he did a few songs with Emmylou Harris. I wasn't sure about this concert when I bought the tickets, but I came away a fan of both performers.

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