Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group
To many, Lovett is the modern embodiment of Texas music — its celebratory swing, its vigorous country soul and, most of all, its extraordinary literate sense of storytelling. Lovett’s songs are full of wit and wisdom with characters and concepts that loom large on the American landscape.
“Lovett's music distinctively melds folk, Texas swing, blues, jazz, gospel, and traditional country and western,” writes Reuters, “and the songs are often as infused with Texas spirit as tumbleweed and wide open plains.” Details Magazine adds, “he’ll make you want to trade your loft for a two-story house with a wraparound porch.”
Lovett is a four time Grammy winner and has led a remarkable career which now includes fourteen albums and over four million records sold. Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has created an incredible body of acclaimed work. His songwriting has a unique and rich style that has become synonymous with the artist as evidenced by such well-known songs as “If I Had a Boat,” “Nobody Knows Me,” “South Texas Girl,” “She’s No Lady,” “Baby Don’t Tolerate,” “In My Own Mind,” “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas),” “Here I Am,” and revered albums as Lyle Lovett, Pontiac, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Joshua Judges Ruth, The Road To Ensenada and 2007's It’s Not Big It’s Large. Natural Forces continues in the tradition of timeless music Lovett continues to create.
For the last few years, Lovett, who is able to conjure musical magic in a variety of settings, has been alternating Large Band tours with acoustic shows teaming him with Hiatt as well as larger songwriter circles also featuring Hiatt, Guy Clark and Joe Ely.
Another facet of Lovett’s career is acting, and in August 2009 saw the release of his latest effort, a cameo role in Michael Meredith’s “The Open Road.” Meredith also directed Lovett in “Three Days of Rain,” but Lovett’s longest and best-known filmic collaboration was with the late, great director Robert Altman, acting in “The Player,” “Short Cuts,” “Pret-a-Porter,” and “Cookie’s Fortune” and scoring a fifth (“Dr. T and the Women”). He also has appeared on TV shows such as “Mad About You” and “Brothers and Sisters.”
In the end, though, it’s music to which Lovett always returns, for it’s his own stories and songs that remain a powerful reminder that he possesses one of the most distinctive voices in music.