REK and Lyle Lovett share songs, stories at College Station

The front porch is long gone.

That spot on Church Avenue where Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen met and forged a musical bond in the late 1970s as Texas A&M students now has a much more mundane existence.

"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot," says Keen, quoting Joni Mitchell's classic Big Yellow Taxi to illustrate his point. "That completely encapsulates the whole thing."

But there are pleasant memories of that legendary porch, the song it inspired and the first steps of musical ambition for Keen (A&M Class of 1978), and Lovett (Class of '79). They will share some of those memories and music in a sold-out concert tonight at Rudder Auditorium.

It's the first time the singer-songwriters have performed together on campus since the Bonfire benefit concert in 2000. This time, they'll perform a stripped-down, acoustic show -- two old friends with more than 30 years of songs and stories.

"I'm just proud to be able to come back to College Station with Robert," Lovett says. "It's very exciting to come back to a place that's so special to me and to both of us. To be with him and to be there together."

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