Two men, four guitars: Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen enchant a crowd at the Uptown Theater

Lyle Lovett has done this many times: Taken a seat, strapped on a guitar and traded songs with one or several fellow songwriters.

In Kansas City alone he has done it with titans Guy Clark, Joe Ely and John Hiatt. 

For two and a half hours Thursday night at the Uptown Theater, Lovett played another long round of musical Hacky-Sack with one of his oldest and dearest friends, Robert Earl Keen, a fellow Texan and songwriter whose catalog of classic Texas troubadour songs nearly matches Lovett’s.

The format was austere and true.

Keen and Lovett strummed one of the two acoustic guitars each brought on stage and traded stories and songs back and forth.

Keen led off with “Gringo Honeymoon,” a song about a trip with his wife that Keen admitted wasn’t really their honeymoon. He also dispensed this libidinous wisdom: “You’d be surprised what a donkey ride and tequila will do to a woman.”

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