Lyle Lovett at the Newton Theatre
Contours contributor Bill Nut got the chance to interview Lyle on the phone last week. Listen to the interview on-demand.
For nearly 30 years, Lyle Lovett has made a name as one of the more singular voices in Americana music. Though labeled a country artist from the beginning, the Texas native has delved deeply into folk, the blues, jazz, swing, and gospel. As a lyricist, he's built on the singer-songwriter-storyteller style of his mentors, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. But Lovett's own songs can be quirky, cryptic, and mordantly witty, as well as sincere and heart-breaking. His albums include his self-titled debut, "Pontiac," "Lyle Lovett and His Large Band," and "The Road to Esenada." He is also known for collaborations with such artists as Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, and Nanci Griffith. His latest album, "Release Me," is mainly a collection of covers; he sings the title song with fellow country maverick k.d. lang. Lovett is currently on the road doing acoustic shows with a crack quartet of players (including legendary session drummer Russ Kunkel). Lovett will play the Newton Theatre on Saturday, July 20. For more information, visit www.thenewtontheatre.com.