Lyle Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the '80s, combining a talent for incisive, witty lyrical detail with an eclectic array of music, ranging from country and folk to big-band swing and traditional pop. Robert Earl Keen struck an unusual balance between sensitive story-portraits and raucous barroom fun, unified by a mordant sense of humor that strongly influenced the early practitioners of what would become known as alternative country music. Although their careers have taken both Lovett and Keen far from home, the college friendship forged in the ‘70s remains, palpable as they sit together on stage cracking jokes, swapping stories, and delivering songs of Cadillac cowboys, family spats, and love gone awry. There is very little "show-biz" about Lovett or Keen, no matter how many movies Lovett appears in or how dramatic Keen's combo of suit and hat look on stage. Both men are worthy headliners, but the easy vibe of two friends sharing a stage makes for a truly incomparable evening.