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Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett will open George Strait's 2019 RodeoHouston performance

Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett will open George Strait's Rodeo show

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The Aggies and local legends will open for country's king.  Photo courtesy of RodeoHouston

In what could be arguably billed as the country music show of the year, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett will open for country king George Strait during his RodeoHouston concert-only performance on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Strait’s show caps the final night of the 2019 rodeo.

Houston native Lovett (and his gravity-defying hair) played RodeoHouston in 2001 and 2002. Meanwhile, Keen has taken the RodeoHouston stage in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2006. Country fans and Aggies are no doubt aware that Keen and Lovett met at Texas A&M University and used to strum their acoustic guitars on Lovett’s porch. Those freeform days gave birth to their single, “The Front Porch Song.”

Keen and Lovett were inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. The two friends have played a series of acoustic shows together, including last year with Strait during his Hurricane Harvey relief concert in San Antonio.

“We are proud to close out the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with three of the Lone Star State’s most influential music artists,” says Joel Cowley, rodeo president and CEO. The 2019 Rodeo will run for 21 days, from Monday, February 25 through Sunday, March 17, 2019. For fans keeping score, the remaining 2019 RodeoHouston entertainment lineup will be announced January 3, 2019.