It has been a little over two years since I last saw Lyle Lovett play in Santa Fe. It was the night he “closed down” the Paolo Soleri – giving the final performance at the beloved local venue.
On Friday evening he played for a sold out crowd at the Santa Fe Opera; performing a benefit concert for the Santa Fe Watershed Association. Lovett and his large 11-member band rocked the audience with his unique blend of country, rock and blues. The highlight for me was when he asked Santa Fe legend Bill Hearne to join him on stage to sing Hearne’s own song, Walk Through the Bottomland. Hearne and Lovett’s voices blended beautifully and it was moving for all of us Santa Feans to see how much Lovett thought of Hearne and the respect that was paid to him. Bill Hearne has been performing in La Fonda’s La Fiesta lounge for over 20 years.
Lovett was on stage the entire 2 ½ hour concert with no intermission. From Klein, Texas, Lovett still makes me homesick for my home state of Texas singing his often humorous yet soulful songs about the Great State of Texas.