Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt join forces
Thursday, October 2, 2008
– Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are teaming together for a series of shows this month that will feature both artists performing side-by-side in an old-fashioned guitar pull. The shows will find both Lovett and Hiatt - who have been touring together in one fashion or another since 1989 -alternating songs from throughout their careers.
Lovett's tour with Hiatt comes on the heels of a triumphant series of dates this past summer with the Large Band. For the last few years, Lovett has alternated Large Band tours with acoustic shows teaming him with Hiatt as well as larger songwriter circles also featuring Hiatt, Guy Clark and Joe Ely. The quartet even filmed an appearance for "Austin City Limits" that will air on Oct. 18.
Hiatt was honored in September at the Americana Music Conference with a lifetime achievement award. Hiatt, an Indiana native, has enjoyed success both as a performer and a songwriter.
The tour started last week with dates in Florida and Georgia.
Tour dates are:
Oct. 9 Charlotte, NC Blumenthal PAC
Oct. 10-11 Birmingham, AL Alys Stephens Center
Oct. 12 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
Oct. 14 Fayetteville, AR Walton Arts Center
Oct. 15 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 16 Greenville, SC Peace Concert Hall
Oct. 17 Greensboro, NC War Memorial Auditorium
Oct. 18 Virginia Beach, VA Sandler Center
Oct. 19 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
Oct. 20 Princeton, NJ McCarter Theatre
Oct. 21 Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House
Oct. 22 Boston, MA Opera House
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