Acclaimed Texan singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will perform in October in Athens. (Submitted photo)

An Evening With Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen Oct. 16

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Two of Texas’ greatest singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will turn the stage into their front porch for one special acoustic evening at Ohio University’s Memorial Auditorium.

A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums over three decades. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Whether touring as a ‘Duo’ or with his ‘Acoustic Group’ or ‘The Large Band’, Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music. Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was named Texas State Musician. His works, rich and eclectic, are some of the most beloved of any living artist working today.

Fellow musical trailblazer Robert Earl Keen emerged on the Texas music scene in the 1980s where he quickly earned a reputation for his unusual balance of sensitive story-telling and raucousness. BMI recently presented him with their first ever Troubadour Award for excellence in songwriting, a songwriter’s songwriter. Now three decades on from the release of his debut album – with 18 other records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead – Keen is the very symbol of Americana music.

Tickets are $55 for the first 10 rows,  $35 for the remaining seats.

Concert Connection pre-sale kicks off July 25 at noon and tickets must be purchased directly through the Memorial Auditorium ticket office either by phone or in person.

Tickets go public July 27 noon (online, in person, or by phone). Please note: a high volume of calls is expected for the first day of sales. This will make it difficult to purchase tickets over the phone. Online tickets are available at