Texas songwriting pioneers Lyle Lovett and Emmy Lou Harris, whose Grammy Awards could fill a small pickup, have been added to the 2014-2015 Live at Knight series at Miami’s Arsht Center.
Tickets for Lovett’s Oct. 16 performance go on sale Friday, July 13, at the box office, ArshtCenter.org or by calling 305-949-6722. Prices are $39, $55, $65, $75 and $95. Lovett will be backed by his swinging acoustic quartet: cellist John Hagen, Luke Bulla on fiddle, Keith Sewell on guitar and mandolin, drummer Russ Kunkel and Viktor Krauss on stand-up bass.
Four-time Grammy winner Lovett and band were the under-appreciated headlining act at the inaugural Lauderdale Live music festival in downtown Fort Lauderdale in December. Then, as now, Lovett was featuring songs from his 2012 album, “Release Me,” but the set also was a wonder of eclecticism that may offer a preview of what he’ll play at Arsht Center.
Standout moments of the 75-minute Lauderdale Live performance included “L.A. County” and “Give Back My Heart,” from his second album, 1987’s “Pontiac”; “I Will Rise Up/Ain't No More Cane" from 2007’s “It’s Not Big It’s Large”; and two beautiful ballads from his eponymous 1986 debut album, “You Can’t Resist It” and “If I Were the Man You Wanted.”
Harris will be making her first Arsht Center performance Nov. 9 in a 40-year career that has yielded 13 Grammy Awards, including a 2014 honor for best Americana album of the year for her Rodney Crowell collaboration, “Old Yellow Moon.”
Tickets for Harris’ concert go on sale Friday, July 13, at the box office, ArshtCenter.org or by calling 305-949-6722. Prices are $29, $39, $59, $69, $79 and $125.
Harris is well known for her ardent pursuit of songs and new inspiration, and that passion is all over her career-defining 1995 album, “Wrecking Ball,” which Nonesuch Records reissued in a three-disc set in April.
The reissue includes a remastered version of the original album, which won a Grammy Award for best contemporary folk album, and a bonus CD of recently discovered demos and outtakes. The album offers covers of songs by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Gillian Welch.
Also part of the package is a DVD documentary, “Building the Wrecking Ball,” which features studio footage and interviews with Harris and producer Daniel Lanois, as well as Steve Earle, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Neil Young.
More info: Nonesuch.com.