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Rock Picks: Lyle Lovett brings his Large Band to Durham

Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett will return to Durham Performing Arts Center Saturday, Large Band in tow.
Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett will return to Durham Performing Arts Center Saturday, Large Band in tow. MCT

Lyle Lovett brings his Large Band to Durham

Some years back, I was watching Lyle Lovett put his Large Band through its paces onstage. And the show was as wonderful as always, moving seamlessly between Western swing, jump blues, jazz and country, overlaid with the droll singer-songwriter literacy of one of Texas’ best wordsmiths. But mostly, I was struck by the musical attention to detail. Lovett could probably pull off 90 percent of the Large Band’s live-show nuances with half as many musicians (and expenses), but it’s to his credit that the remaining 10 percent means enough to him to keep a dozen-plus-member ensemble on the road. Lovett will return to Durham Performing Arts Center Saturday, Large Band in tow. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $45-$100 (plus taxes and fees). See dpacnc.com for details.

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