Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett Planning 2017 Songs and Stories Tour
Gill and Lovett have nine dates on the books for their 2017 Songs and Stories Tour, with stops in states such as Arizona, Nevada and California, among others. The tour’s first show will take place on March 22 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The two singers, both legends in their own right, aren’t strangers to teaming up together: In 2014, they embarked on the Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett: Songs and Stories Tour on the East Coast, and 2015, Gill and Lovett hit the road for a 13-city tour in southern states such as Alabama, North Carolina and Florida.
Fans can assume that the 2017 Stories and Songs Tour will follow the same format as past treks — that is, there’s not much of a format. Gill and Lovett perform together and separately during the shows, with each artist serving as their own accompanist. No fuss, just music.
“For a night like this, there is no plan,” Gill said in a statement before 2016’s tour. “I know Lyle won’t have a plan, and I won’t either. What he plays will inspire me, and probably vice versa. It’ll be like playing ping-pong: Whatever song he chooses to sing will inspire the next song that comes out of me.
“Just two guys sitting on stools, telling stories and singing songs. No big bands,” Gill continued. “I saw James Taylor once with just him and his guitar, and after that show, I felt like I knew him a whole lot better than I ever did before. That’s what’ll happen between Lyle and me, too, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Added Lovett, “I enjoy shows that are not planned out. This will be two songwriters in the round. It’s informal, so there will be lots of ad-libbing. It will be like little snapshots of our experiences.”
Lyle Lovett and Vince Gill, 2017 Songs and Stories Tour Dates:
March 22 – Thousand Oaks, Calif. @ Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
March 23 – Mesa, Ariz. @ Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theatre
March 24 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Reynolds Hall, Smith Center for the Performing Arts
March 25 – Reno, Nev. @ Reno Ballroom
March 26 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Nourse Theatre
March 27 – San Rafael, Calif. @ Marin Center
March 28 – San Jose, Calif. @ City National Civic
March 29 – Visalia, Calif. @ Visalia Fox Theatre
March 30 – Santa Ynez, Calif. @ Chumash Casino
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