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Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, Monday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., 190 S. Cascade Ave., $39.50-$79.50, pikespeakcenter.com, 520-7469.
his isn’t the first time Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt have been booked to play Colorado Springs’ best-sounding venue, and it’s easy to see why. The two venerable singer-songwriters earned their devoted followings the hard way, releasing three dozen albums between them and delivering consistently satisfying live performances, whether fronting their own respective bands or trading songs back and forth as an acoustic duo. Of the two, Lovett has more name recognition, with his handful of Grammys, appearances in numerous Robert Altman films, and one of the most unusual hairstyles in alt-country history. Hiatt, meanwhile, is the more prolific (and possibly better) songwriter of the two; he’s released twice as many albums, while his songs have been recorded by dozens of well-known artists, from Bonnie Raitt’s chart-topping cover of “Thing Called Love” to Eric Clapton and B.B. King’s rendition of ”Riding With the King.” But Hiatt’s own signature song, “Perfectly Good Guitar,” is arguably his crowning achievement, a perfectly aimed potshot at privileged rock stars who abuse expensive instruments. (“There oughtta be a law, with no bail / Smash a guitar, and you go to jail / With no chance for early parole / You don’t get out until you get some soul.”) The fact that Hiatt wrote the song after watching Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic throw his bass guitar up in the air, only to have it come down and smash him in the face, makes it that much better.