Born in November 1957, Lyle Lovett was a small town boy. Little did he know, he was going to grow up to be one of country’s more prominent artists. While attending Texas A & M University, he met fellow country singer/songwriter and friend Robert Earl Keen. The two of them collaborated on “The Front Porch Song”, after which, the two of them went to record on their debut albums. In 1986, Lovett joined MCA Records, recording his self-titled debut album. While Lyle Lovett is most known as a country artist, he has been known to slip a little bit of folk, jazz, swing, blues, and gospel music into his distinctive musical style. Lyle Lovett earned international fame with his 1987 recording Pontiac, which was listed as number 33 in Village Voice’s Top Albums of 1988, cited as one of the best albums in the 1980s in Italian Magazines Velvet and Il Mucchio Selvaggio as well as ranking 201 on the German Edition of Rolling Stone as "500 Best Albums of All-Time" list. In 1989, Lovett recorded Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, which earned him a Grammy Award for Best Country Male Vocal. In 1992, Joshua Judges Ruth was released, which although it received critical acclaim only had one single ("You've Been So Good Up to Now"), that was a minor success: it reached number 36 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart. In 1994, I Love Everybody was released, featuring backup vocals from his now ex-wife Julia Roberts. It performed slightly better than Joshua Judges Ruth, however its peak was at the number 26 slot on the US Billboard 200 Charts. However, 1994 wasn’t a total bust for Lyle Lovett; he earned a Grammy Award for “Blues for Dixie”, a collaboration with Texas swing group A sleep at the Wheel. 1996 was another good year for Lovett; he released The Road to Ensenada, which won him a Grammy Award for Best Country Album. In 1998, Lovett took a slightly different direction with his Step Inside this House album. This album featured covers of songs from fellow Texan artists, most of which influenced his music including a previously unrecorded piece from country artist Guy Clark.
In 1999, Lyle Lovett released a live album titled Live in Texas, which featured recordings from a series of 1995 concerts. 2000 opened several doors for Lovett: he was introduced to the world of acting while recording the musical score for the Robert Altman film Dr. T and the Women. Altman then cast Lyle Lovett in his next movie, The Player, which starred Tim Robbins. With this newfound fame, Lovett has been able to balance both acting and music. Since 2000, he has produced seven additional albums, each with success on the country charts: Anthology, Vol. 1: Cowboy Man (2001), Smile: Songs from the Movies (2003), the Grammy nominated album My Baby Don't Tolerate (2003), It's Not Big It's Large (released in 2007 and sold 25,000 copy in its first week), Natural Forces (2009), and Release Me (2012). Prior to Release Me’s release, Lyle Lovett was named Texas State Artist Musician by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hyatt
Lyle Lovett’s newest tour is with multifaceted musician John Hyatt. The two of them work magically while performing covers from each other’s collections with the warmth and familiarity of the acoustical instruments. There are several shows planned from October until mid-November in various cities including: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Red Bank, New Jersey, Montgomery, Alabama, and Santa Monica, California. This concert will be certain to please almost any country fan.