Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt

These two masterful songwriters, quirky characters, and especially vital forces of musical nature have been doing these sort of intimate song-swapping shows periodically for more than 20 years. Armed with acoustic guitars and deep reservoirs of memorable songs, both Lovett and Hiatt have ample room to roam in their respective catalogs, each etched with roots running from country to blues. Lovett's tend more to the surreal, along with evocative (and often metaphoric) sketches of the windswept western landscape, infused with western swing and chamber folk. Hiatt is more of a classic storyteller whose myriad roots entwine a rock 'n' roll heart. The pair's between-tunes banter could be as entertaining as the music, but make sure you hydrate beforehand, since Lovett's witticisms are as notoriously dry as the Mojave.
Mon., Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., 2011

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