Austin city limits is thrilled to announce the long-awaited return of a favorite Texan son on August 24 – singer, songwriter and ACL Hall of Fame legend Lyle Lovett—appearing with his iconic Large band to introduce June 12his first new album in ten years.
Lovett first appeared on ACL in 1985, and notably appeared on the show more times than any act except Willie Nelson. He returns for his ninth headlining appearance on the ACL stage, having been memorably inducted into the ACL Hall of Fame in 2019 by actor Sean Penn. The highly anticipated June 12produced by Chuck Ainlay and Lovett, is his first for new label Verve Records and features a mix of new originals, including the singles “June 12” and “The pants are overstated‘, standards by Nat King Cole and Dave Frishberg, and an instrumental by Horace Silver, representing Lovett’s dynamic live performances with his Large Band. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the new album continues to showcase Lovett’s ability to meld elements of jazz, country, western swing, folk, gospel and blues in a way that defies convention. break down barriers.
When Lyle Lovett introduces his group, he makes a point of mentioning the place where each artist feels at home. Home – both a physical space and a metaphorical concept that includes people, space and time – plays wonderfully in Lovett’s new album June 12. His first new recording in a decade tells the stories of specific people in specific places, some operating on a different plane. And while he sings about cowboys and creeps, bird-chasing preachers and the guy who reads a newspaper over your shoulder, a sense of place is as important as the people who populate his songs. “My songs are rarely fiction,” he says. “That’s how I approach my work. My songs are my life. I am the character of these songs. I spend most of my life doing a job where I can be myself. This has been a guiding principle for Lovett even before he announced his arrival with Lyle Lovett over 35 years ago. Having studied journalism at the university, he clearly draws who and where. A sense of home and place proved the basis of operations for him to imagine a set of characters to exploit. Lovett’s discography is not like a Robert Altman movie. It’s like an Altman filmography, a collection of real fiction, like the happenings of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha or Joyce’s Dublin. Like a paper boat dropped in the San Jacinto, June 12– the album – charts a gentle and distinctive path, traversing life and death and food, contemplation and humor – signatures that have informed Lovett’s songbook since he began writing songs in his hometown of Klein, Texas, and in College Station, where he attended Texas. A&M in the 1970s. He learned from writers who valued character, setting, and economy of language. They did it all with ample melody too. “This album reflects the music I grew up with,” he says. “My music is like me: I live on land that belonged to my grandfather. I live next to my mother. I think music reflects where I’m from and who I am.
Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Whether touring with his Acoustic Group or his Large Band, Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most most compelling and captivating popular music. Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lovett has become one of music’s most dynamic and iconic performers. Among his many accolades, including four Grammy Awards, he received the Americana Music Association’s first Trailblazer Award, was named a Texas State Musician, and is a member of the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association Hall of Fame and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Lovett made his ACL debuted in 1985 as a member of Nanci Griffith’s backing band and made eight headlining appearances: 1987, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2004 and the final recording in the Studio ACL’s original 6A in 2011. He appeared on two Songwriters Specials in 1994 and 2008, and as a tribute to Walter Hyatt in 1997 and Townes Van Zandt in 1998, and as guest starring Leo Kottke in 1988, Delbert McClinton in 1997 and Shawn Colvin in 2001. Lovett was handpicked by longtime friend Willie Nelson to perform at his own induction into the inaugural ACL Hall of Fame in 2014. Lovett was inducted into the Hall of Fame of ACL fame in 2019. We are thrilled to welcome her back to our stage.
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