- Lyle Lovett & HIs Large Band - Church
A GRAMMY Award-winning singer, composer and actor, Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums.
Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett has also appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television. His accolades include four GRAMMY Awards, the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and Lovett was recently named the 2011 Texas State Musician.
Songs that Lyle penned during his Criterion Years (1986-1994) have appeared in numerous feature films, including The Interpreter (If I Had A Boat), All Over The Guy (She Makes Me Feel Good, The Blues Walk), 61 (Nobody Knows Me), Kissing Jessica Stein (Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You), Dr. T and the Women (You’ve Been So Good Up Till Now, She’s Already Made Up Her Mind, Ain’t It Something), Nothing To Lose (You’ve Been So Good Up To Now), Father's Day (Cowboy Man, Ain’t It Somethin’), 2 Days In The Valley (Nobody Knows Me), It Could Happen To You (She’s No Lady), Major League II (All My Love Is Gone), The Firm (M-O-N-E-Y), Leap of Faith (Pass Me Not), South of Wawa (Nobody Knows Me Like My Baby), Switch (You Can’t Resist It), Sibling Rivalry (If I Were The Man You Wanted), State Of Grace (I Loved You Yesterday), Always (Cowboy Man) and Major League (Cryin’ Shame). Lyle has also performed numerous other songs for film and tv, written by other notable writers, and songs written after the Criterion Years.
Lovett has also acted in a number of films, including Robert Altman’s films: The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993), Pret-a-Porter (1994), Cookie’s Fortune (1999), and composed the music for Dr. T & the Women (2000). More recently, he has acted in The New Guy (2002) and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007). His television acting forays include Mad About You, Brothers & Sisters, Castle (TV Series) and Dharma & Greg.
Lovett was given an award called an "Esky" for Surest Thing in Esquire’s 2006 Esky Music Awards in the April issue. The magazine said of Lovett: "The secret of Lyle Lovett's endurance comes down to the three C's: class, charisma and consistency... In the studio and on stage with his giant orchestra, he's spent two decades gracefully matching genuine songcraft with A-list musicianship.”
In 2010 Lovett appeared on an episode of Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… also featured John Prine and Ray LaMontagne. Lovett has recently contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's "Well…All Right” for the tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, released on September 6, 2011.