Texas Music legends and former Aggies Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen could soon be commemorated in bronze near their alma mater. Bryan-College Station’s theeagle.com is reporting that this week the city council will be asked to approve the remainder of funding for a bronze statue of the duo in the Northgate District, across from the Texas A&M campus.

The pair met almost 40 years ago when Lovett stopped one day to hear Keen and his friends play music on the porch of his old rented house and then introduced himself. They wrote “The Front Porch Song” about those early days, and included it on both their debut albums.

Robert Earl Keen (r) and a friend on Keen’s porch,1977, photo by Lyle Lovett

Although the old rent house is long gone and replaced by a parking lot, the site would still be suitable for the proposed statue. J. Payne Lara of Navasota, will be sculpting a porch structure, 6 feet wide, by 10 feet long and include the musicians sitting down playing their instruments, with a chair in between them where visitors can pose for photos.

John Sharp, University System Chancellor of Texas A&M has personally donated half of the expected cost of the statue.  He said, “Lyle and Robert Earl are a valuable part of the history of Aggieland,” he said. “I simply wanted to play a small part in making sure they are always remembered here.”

Congratulations to Lyle and Robert Earl-so well deserved! We can’t wait to see it!

Read more at Key Music News: http://www.keymusicnews.com/feature/new-statue-to-honor-lyle-and-robert-earl/

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