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WHO ON EARTH IS LYLE LOVE TT?

He’s spent over three decades carving out his own unique niche in country music, while also dabbling in acting, motorbikes, photography, and equestrian sport. So who is the real Lyle Lovett? Country Music follows the clues…

The one thing that everybody knows about Lyle Lovett is that he was briefly married to Hollywood superstar Julia Roberts, whom he met when they both acted in the excellent Robert Altman movie The Player, back in 1992. “It’s true that I did get the girl,” he quipped. “but then my grandfather always said, ‘Even a blind chicken finds a few grains of corn now and then.’”

In truth, his showbiz marriage – and they remain friends – is probably the least remarkable thing about Lovett. His lyrics are pin-sharp and his music sublime, whether stripped right down to just him and his cello-playing chum of four decades, John Hagen, or backed by his large band. And he’ll happily switch from playing intimate theatres to the huge Red Rocks venue.

Lyle Lovett’s songs have been covered by fellow Texans Willie Nelson and Nanci Griffith, plus Tammy Wynette, Patty Loveless, Jim Lauderdale, Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Holmes Brothers, and even Michael Feinstein, Bernadette Peters, Lou Rawls, and Gregg Allman. He’s won a handful of Grammys, and has finally broken free of his longtime record label (his final record for them was aptly named Release Me), filling time by “making up songs and just kind of waiting for the right deal.” Now he’s joined Verve Label Records, headed up by Tony Bennett’s son Danny, who will – fingers crossed – release his next, highly-anticipated album in 2020, after an eight-year gap.

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