Lyle Lovett and His Large Band graced the stage at Wolf Trap last night for a great performance that moved the audience. It is always a treat to see the four time Grammy Award winning artist appear locally at Wolf Trap.
One of the things I enjoy most about seeing Lyle perform on stage is his respect for his fellow musicians. Normally when the main star introduces or allows one of his band members to temporarily share the spotlight they continue to look into the audience so they maintain some of the attention. But Lyle is a man of respect. He steps out of the spotlight, and both he and the rest of his band all face the soloist and take in their performance. It’s a rare thing when the lead talent is both comfortable and confident enough to let the spotlight come off of them and onto another person. It’s very respectful and commendable.
Lyle is a class act. He, and all of his fellow male band members wore suits and ties, and the female singer wore a dress. Clearly he is trying to put on a classy show for his audience and wants everyone to look their best.
At some concerts you go to the singer takes a lot of time to talk to the audience and the amount of music that the audience was expecting is cut down significantly. But Lyle lets his music do the talking. He is keenly aware of song placement and expertly interweaves fast paced songs and slower paced songs to keep the audience’s attention.
Lyle is also aware of what songs the audience wants to hear and had a great mix of songs. This is a man with a powerful voice, and on top of that an excellent guitar player.
On a local level, he graciously thanked the audience for coming out to support him in light of the recent events such as the earthquake and hurricane Irene. Clearly, regardless of the past week’s events, his fans were more than happy to come out to show their love and support. And Lyle showed it right back.
For more information about Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, please visit www.lylelovett.com