Got a last minute ticket to this sold out show. It's an annual event that honors the singer/songwriters who make Texas come alive around the world and this year's inductees were Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen and Townes Van Zandt. Steve Earle was there to represent Townes.
There were presentations but mostly it was a musical show so let's get to it.
Steve Earle was up first and did 3 or 4 Townes songs including "Pancho & Lefty" but also did a Lightnin' Hopkins song and his own "Ft. Worth Blues" that was written after Townes died. It was neat that J.T. Van Zandt, Townes's son, introduced Steve.
Lyle and Robert came out together and did a song swap. They each did about 3 songs, I believe. There was a lot of talking about their college days (they met at A&M). Lyle and Robert have a long history together and their friendship was evident. Very neat to hear them talk about the old days. They definitely have a mutual admiration and it was fun to listen into the stories they share. Also loved hearing Lyle solo do "If I Had A Boat" as that song just never grows old.
The night ended with them bringing Steve up and they did Townes's "Snowin' On Raton."
I was thrilled to be there.
Got a video of the final song and you can see it here: