Lovett Plays the Shell

The Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center announces the second concert of the Summer 2004 Season. Lyle Lovett will appear in Canandiagua on Friday, July 2nd. Tickets for this concert go on sale on Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 am. Metropolitan Talent Presents this unique eveing of music. Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the ’80s. Though he was initially labeled as a country singer, the tag never quite fit him. Lovett’s literate, multi-layered songs stood out among the formulaic Nashville hit singles of the late ’80s as well as the new traditionalists who were beginning to take over country music. Drawing from alternative country and rock fans, Lovett quickly built up a cult following which began to spill over into the mainstream with his second album, 1988’s Pontiac. Following Pontiac, his country audience declined, but his reputation as a songwriter and musician continued to grow, and he sustained a dedicated cult following throughout the ’90s. Born in Klein, TX, Lyle didn’t begin his musical career until he began writing songs while he attended Texas A&M. While he was a student, he performed covers and original songs at local folk festivals and clubs. As a graduate student, he traveled to Germany to study and continued to write and play while he was in Europe. However, he didn’t begin to pursue a musical career in earnest until he returned to America. Upon his return to the States, Lovett played clubs throughout Texas, eventually landing a spot in the 1983 Mickey Rooney TV-movie Bill: On His Own. The following year Nanci Griffith recorded his “If I Were the Woman You Wanted” on her Once in a Very Blue Moon album. He also sang on the album as well as her 1985 record Last of the True Believers. Guy Clark heard a demo tape of Lovett’s songs in 1984 and directed it toward Tony Brown of MCA Records. Over the next year, MCA worked out the details of a record contract with Lyle. Lovett signed with MCA/Curb, releasing his eponymous debut later in the year. Lyle Lovett received excellent reviews, and five of its reached the country Top 40. Despite his strong showing on the country charts, it was clear from the outset that Lovett’s musical tastes didn’t rely on country. Instead, he incorporated jazz, folk, and pop into a country framework, pushing the musical boundaries of each genre. Pontiac, his second album, revealed exactly how eclectic and literate Lovett was. Pontiac expanded his audience in the pop and rock markets. While his pop audience grew, his country fan base began to shrink. To support Pontiac, he assembled His Large Band, which was a modified big band complete with guitars, a cellist, a pianist, horns, and a gospel-trained backup singer named Francine Reed. Lovett recorded his third album, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, with his touring band. Like its two predecessors, the album was well-received critically and it performed well commercially. Following the release of His Large Band, he produced Walter Hyatt’s King Tears album; the following year, he sang on Leo Kottke’s Great Big Boy and donated a cover of “Friend of the Devil” to the Grateful Dead tribute album Deadicated. Lovett’s fourth album, Joshua Judges Ruth, was released. Boasting a heavy gospel and R&B influence, On the whole, the album was ignored by country radio, but pop audiences embraced the record, and Lovett became a staple on adult alternative radio and VH-1. Lovett re-emerged with The Road to Ensenada, the first album since Pontiac to be dominated by country songs, in the summer of 1996. In addition to performing well on the pop charts, where it entered at a career peak of number 24, The Road to Ensenada performed strongly on the country charts, entering at number four. The two-disc covers album Step Inside This House followed in 1998, featuring mostly under exposed material penned by some of Lovett’s favorite songwriters (many of whom hailed from Texas). In 1999, Lovett issued his first concert record, Live in Texas, and his soundtrack to the film, Dr. T. & the Women followed a year later.In 2001, Lovett released Anthology Volume 1. Smile, a collection of songs from the movies was released in 2002. To purchase tickets: In Person: Ticket Express/Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main Street), and all Ticketmaster outlets. By Phone: (585) 232-1900On-Line: www.ticketmaster.com Ticket prices are as follows: $49.50 (inside reserved seating) and $23.00 for lawn seating.Tickets for Lyle Lovett go on sale Saturday, April 24th at 10:00 am at Ticket Express (885 East Main Street) and all Ticketmaster Outlets (Kaufmann’s, House of Guitars and more.) Order by phone at (585) 232-1900. Patrons requiring special seating should contact Ticket Express Customer Service at (585) 222-5000.# # # #Lyle LovettFriday, July 2 at 8:00 PMFinger Lakes Performing Arts CenterCanandaigua, New York


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