Harrah’s Lake Tahoe soon will feature a set on which singer-songwriter fans will be very Keen. Trust us, you’ll Lovett.
All puns aside, Harrah’s will host an Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen on Saturday, Feb. 10, giving South Shore concertgoers a chance to experience an intimate evening with two country music greats.
Lovett and Keen share a four-decade bond, dating back to their time together as college musicians at Texas A&M University. The two met when live bluegrass music ringing from the porch of Keen’s rented house caught Lovett’s attention as he was passing by. The two would form a friendship around their shared passion for music during those years before going on to each become Texas music legends in their own right.
Lovett has enjoyed a wide-ranging career, spanning both music and film. He is a four time Grammy winner, including Best Country Album in 1996 for “Road to Ensenada.” He has recorded 13 albums, and is known for tunes such as “Cowboy Man,” “If I Had a Boat,” “She’s No Lady” and many more.
Lovett also has acted in a variety of films, including “The Player,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” and “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” often appearing in humorous cameo roles. He also has contributed musically on many film projects, recording tracks for “Toy Story,” “Deadwood,” “True Blood” and the “Major League” series, among others.
Robert Earl Keen has built a reputation as a first-rate performer and songwriter over his career, with a Southwestern sound covering country, rock, bluegrass and other styles. Keen self-produced his debut album, “No Kinda Dancer,” in part with the assistance of Lovett and other college chums. The album was released by an affiliate of Rounder Records in 1984, the first of Keen’s 18 full-length albums, both studio hits such as “Gringo Honeymoon” and live records such as “No. 2 Live Dinner.”
Keen’s songwriting spans a wide range, from up-tempo hits such as “The Road Goes on Forever” to heart-warming family tunes such as “Merry Christmas from the Families.” He has toured extensively across the United States, both with his band and with other performers including Lovett, Guy Clarke and Townes Van Zandt.
For this performance, Lovett and Keen leave the supporting cast at home, taking the stage as two songwriters and old friends, sharing ballads, stories, and thoughts on life with the audience in an up-close experience with two iconic artists.
- An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen
Where: South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
When: 7:30 pm, Saturday, Feb. 10
Tickets: $79 – $179