At the Fargo Theater show, expect Lyle Lovett to show some North Dakota love while John Hiatt goes after Tennessee – InForum

FARGO — Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are back on the road together, which is fitting because different locations across the country fit into so many of their songs.

When the Friends return to the Fargo Theater on Thursday night, October 20, fans can count on Lovett to perform in front of the locals.

Each of the three times he played Fargo-Moorhead, he opened with “Farther Down the Line”. His first single, from 1986, still draws applause for the verse, “Let’s have a helping hand for this young cowboy/ And wish him better luck next time/ And hope we see him in Fargo/ Or somewhere further down the line.”

Of course, this isn’t the only Lovett song to feature the Peace Garden State. His spare song, “North Dakota,” has been a regular on his set since its release 30 years ago.

Interesting that he’s written so much about the North since he sang, “I’m a long, tall Texan.

The feeling of belonging is an important factor in the music of the two songwriters.

Singer-songwriter John Hiatt returns to the Fargo Theater on October 20.


Hiatt has referenced 21 states in his 48 years of recording albums. Not surprisingly, Tennessee is the location most frequently mentioned in his tracks, appearing in at least 15 tracks, including his classics, “Memphis in the Meantime” and “Tennessee Plates.” In 1970, the 18-year-old Hiatt moved to Nashville and quickly established a reputation as a sharp songwriter.

While California garners about a dozen mentions over the years, Hiatt also names its homestate Hoosier a dozen times as well, most notably in the songs “Real Fine Love” and “Seven Little Indians.” New York, Louisiana and Texas all appear in about five songs.

Texas is by far the biggest contributor to Lovett’s lyrics. While there’s no shortage on the Lone Star State, Lovett’s tracks like “Long Tall Texan,” “San Antonio Girl,” “South Texas Girl,” and “It’s True You’re Not not from Texas” could rightly feature in a number of tourist sites.

Twelve other states appear in his songs, with California being the second most referenced in five tracks, followed by Tennessee and Louisiana.

What: Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

When: 8 p.m., Thursday, October 20

Where: Fargo Theater

Information: Tickets are $69.50 and $89.50, plus fees,