Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Friday August 13, 2010 7:30 PM
$45 in advance / $50 day of concert

Four-time Grammy® award winner Lyle Lovett and His Large Band always shake 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 â??Thatâ??s Right (Youâ??re Not From Texas),â?? â??Iâ??ve Been to Memphis,â?? and â??Give Back My Heart.â??

In 1986, Lovett released his self-titled debut album. Since then, he has recorded and released seven 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 and 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 debuted and peaked at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart. His latest studio album, Natural Forces, was released in late 2009 by Lost Highway Records.

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Kat Edmonson opens the show
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It doesn't matter if it's rock, pop, or jazz Kat Edmonson has what it takes. GotMix Magazine spotlights Kat Edmonson, from Austin, Texas. Kat Edmonson has been called, â??memorable and contagiousâ?? by NPR and, â??the most promising American jazz singer to come along since Cassandra Wilsonâ??, by The Boston Globe. Growing up in Houston, Edmonson credits her mother for getting her acquainted with the Great American Songbook through records and movies played at home: from musicals with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, and Bing Crosby to the songs of Gershwin, Porter, and Rodgers & Hart. She began singing by the age of 3 or 4. By the time she was 9, she was writing songs.

Edmonson has had no formal training. Instead she has a preternaturally gifted voice, sense of rhythm, and ability to swing. Where other singers her age tend to belt out a tune, she retreats, nearly whispering the lyrics, with a timbre that recalls Blossom Dearie. With hypnotic elegance and a voice beyond her years, Edmonson borrows effortlessly from many musical styles¬. From a delicate bossa nova reading of the Cureâ??s â??Just Like Heavenâ??â?? to a backbeat-laden interpretation of â??Just One of Those Thingsâ??, her repertoire encompasses standards and also gives a nod to modern artists that have made an impact on the worldâ??s musical landscape.

Constantly forging new artistic ground, Edmonson popped up on CNN and NPR with her video, Be the Change, a politically inspired song meant to generate interest in the 2008 primaries. Another original, â??Luckyâ??, was recently used in an
episode of the Showtime series The United States of Tara. Recent highlights from her touring schedule include: performing at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, opening for Boz Scaggs on his national tour, and singing a duet with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band.


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