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Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

July 15, Eagle River Amphitheater


With a new album, Natural Forces, under his giant belt buckle, tall-drink-of-water Lyle Lovett is putting the alt back into alt-country. His signature nasally vocals lay low on the tale of "Natural Forces," test some emotional highs in "Whooping Crane" and twang through the banjo-happy ditty "Pantry," in which he requests, "Don't cheat on me with cornbread / don't cheat on me with beans / don't cheat on me with bacon, cooked up in collard greens."

Before the champagne bottle of the Crosby, Stills and Nash concert crashed on the bow of the Eagle River Amphitheater, many thought the amphitheater's maiden voyage might be its last. But, like his new album, Lyle Lovett tends to blur genre lines and the lanky balladeer can draw in young and old, rich and poor and country lovers and rock-lovers alike ... hmmm, kind of like a natural force.