About Lyle Lovett
An heir to such eccentric literary Texas troubadours as Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, Lyle Lovett laid the groundwork for the alternative country and Americana movements with his eponymous 1986 debut and its 1987 successor, Pontiac. Lovett expanded his musical reach with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, a 1989 album where he showcased a supporting band well-versed in swing and jump blues. He reached the apex of his popularity in the early '90s with the albums Joshua Judges Ruth and I Love Everybody crossing over to an adult-oriented pop audience, while 1996's The Road to Ensenada won the Grammy for Best Country Album. Lovett's songwriting and recording slowed in the 21st century -- he took a ten-year hiatus between 2012's Release Me and 2022's 12th of June -- but maintained on outsized presence on the Americana and Texas country scenes, thanks to regular performances with his Large Band.
BORNNovember 1, 1957