Lyle Lovett @ Lucas Oil Live, Thackerville, OK

Words and photos by Duane Clawson
From time to time, I’ll be watching a movie, or a TV show and the music will get my attention. If you’re unfamiliar with the song, a quick Google search will tell you all you need to know. Back in my day to find out this information you had to pause the VCR or DVD player and manipulate the fast forward or rewind buttons to find the singer or band in the credits. Such was the case the first time I heard Lyle Lovett. In the movie 61, a film about NY Yankees slugger Roger Maris, the song “Nobody Knows Me” caught my attention. So, after several rewinds and fast forwards, I now knew who Lyle Lovett was.

What I didn’t know was how big of a deal he was in his home state of Texas. In Texas there is a rating system for native musicians and songwriters, starting with Willie Nelson of course! Depending on who you ask, Lyle would probably be somewhere in the top five. Evolving throughout the years the legend of Lovett and his band has grown considerably. Borrowing from every phase of his journey, he assembled his Large Band. Within the Large Band you’ll find music professors, top notch session musicians, and bluegrass pickers. For the first time playing live in nearly three months, they all seemed on point!

Being just across the border from Texas, Lovett acknowledged he had many friends in the house. Celebrating one couple’s sixtieth wedding anniversary, the troubadour dedicated “South Texas Girl” to their undying love. The entertainer seemed genuinely impressed playing Lucas Oil Live for the first time, as this also was the group’s first show of 2024.

Along the way Lovett and the Large Band hit just about every highlight one could think of. “Long Tall Texan”, “If I Had a Boat”, and the stirring “12th Of June” all had a timely spot in the setlist. The toe tapping “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)” closes out the night, leaving Oklahomans with a taste of the crooner’s quirky sense of humor. As the audience exits, I ponder the evening. If there ever a painter of the Texas music landscape Lyle Lovett would certainly be the artist.

MTC MAG would like to thank Lyle Lovett’s management team for allowing us to be front and center. And a big thank you to Lucas Oil Live and Winstar Casino for being our most accommodating host.

Photos of the show are below:

Contributed by Duane Clawson

Lyle Lovett @ Lucas Oil Live, Thackerville, OK Lyle Lovett @ Lucas Oil Live, Thackerville, OK Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on January 22, 2024 Rating: 5
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