Lyle Lovett's no spotlight hog--he gave all the members of the accurately named Large Band a chance or three to take the reins during their performance at Wolf Trap on Thursday night. From John Hagen's wild cello solo during "You Can't Resist It" to singer Francine Reed's performance of "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues," Lovett isn't afraid to show he's not the only guy with talent on the stage.
The show loosely worked its way around to all of the phases Lovett has gone through as a musician and songwriter over the years. The evening started out with "Blues Walk" and a few other big band-sounding numbers that could've been lifted straight off Glenn Miller's playlist. Then, after thanking the crowd for accommodating him and his band with "Texas weather," Lovett jumped into the revival-sounding "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)" and some country music, with covers of songs by country singers like Walter Hyatt and Townes Van Zandt. Lovett then brought out some of his witty, old Randy Newman-ish songs, such as "M-O-N-E-Y" and "Here I Am" before finishing the evening in gospel territory, with "Church" and "I'm a Soldier in the Army of the Lord."
Bluesman Keb' Mo' opened for Lovett, playing his bright, optimistic style of blues--the only disappointment of the evening was for some of his fans in the crowd, who hoped for an encore but didn't get one.