Lyle Lovett’s Boise weekend: riding vintage motorcycles, singing at Pizzalchik and Red Lion

Singer Lyle Lovett is no stranger to the Treasure Valley. He’s performed here several times.

But his trip to Boise was less formal this past weekend. Lovett was in town for the Racer X Vintage Inter-Am at Owyhee Motorcycle Club’s track on Cartwright Road.

“The cool thing is he came on his own nickel to be a part of this event,” says Scott Wallenberg, publisher of Racer X Illustrated and guitarist-vocalist for Boise band the Blues Addicts. “Lyle grew up racing these motorcycles as a teenager in Houston, and Boise Vintage Cycle prepared the same Husqvarna vintage bike he grew up on for him to ride, and he was quite thrilled to be reunited on one again.”

In addition to riding, Lovett hopped on stage Friday at Pizzalchik and performed with the house band, which features Pizzalchik owner Brad Breakell on drums. Explains Wallenberg: “(Lyle) thought Pizzalchik was just a great place to hang out and eat and enjoyed meeting Brad and playing his cover version of “White Boy Lost in the Blues.’ ”

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On Saturday, Lovett sang with the Blues Addicts backing him at the Red Lion Downtowner Hotel ballroom.

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Lovett even got a few turns in at the track — that’s him on No. 32.

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Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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