Montana Public Radio

Lyle Lovett And Robert Earl Keen: Old Buddies With Guitars

May 21, 2018

In this hour-long edition of Musician's Spotlight, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen drop by to reminisce with guest host Michael Marsolek about performing, recording, and creatively coping with the rapidly-changing music industry. The fast friends are renowned Texas folk singer-songwriters and former Texas A & M roommates, as well as musical contemporaries.

Melissa Mylchreest, who reviewed Keen & Lovett's January 2018 Missoula performance, observed:

"It seemed like these were still the same two men who played songs and shared stories on that Texas stoop so many years ago, and their love of music is still clearly evident in their playing and delivery. When Lovett furrows his brow and sings, “Because she’s already made up her mind,” you feel that sorrow, because he still seems to. When Keen sings “Merry Christmas from the Family” (and the entire audience sings along), you laugh, because you can tell he still finds the lyrics funny."

(Broadcast: 5/21/18, as the Monday Music Special. Listen to "Musician's Spotlight"  on the radio Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., or via podcast.)