Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Friday August 10, 2012 7:30 PM
$46 in advance / $55 day of concert

Four-time Grammy award winner Lyle Lovett always shakes things up with an eclectic array of music styles incorporating country, folk, pop, gospel, blues, jazz and big-band swing. Lovett is one of the most distinctive and original artists to break into music, originally being billed a country artist, but shifting into an array of genres with a large cult following. Lovett combines his witty lyrics with a big band-style ensemble complete with guitars, a cellist, a pianist, a horn section, and a gospel-trained backup singer. His hits include "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)," "I've Been to Memphis," "Give Back My Heart," and "If I Had A Boat."

In 1986, Lovett released his self-titled debut album. Since then, he has recorded and released eight more albums. His 1989 album, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band won the 1989 Grammy for Best Male Vocalist.

He has appeared in several films including Robert Altman's The Player, Pret-a-Porter, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Opposite of Sex. Lovett says he enjoys acting especially the collaborative nature of the movie-making mechanism. He likens it to work with his Large Band where his "biggest challenge is to make sure everyone on stage gets a featured spot."

In 1994, he picked up two more Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Collaboration for "Funny How Time Slips Away" with Al Green and Best Country Duo/Group with Vocal for "Blues For Dixie" with Asleep at the Wheel.

In 1996, The Road to Ensenada received the Grammy for Best Country Album and brought Lovett's music to the attention of a much greater audience.

The 1998, two-disc CD Step Inside This House was a tribute to Lovett's early Texas songwriting influences. That was followed with Lovett's first live album, Live in Texas in 1999.

His 2003 album, My Baby Don't Tolerate, reflects his usual jazz and western swing influences but also shows that he continues to switch artistic gears. Though Lovett's albums are often found in the country section, he has been bounding across genres for more than a decade. He maintains a country label because he holds onto the attributes of his past: ironic detachment, twisted humor, serious songwriting, and the capacity to jerk a tear or two.

His 2007 release, It's Not Big It's Large reached at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart. Natural Forces, was released in late 2009 and his latest album, Release Me, was released earlier this year.

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