November 23, 2012
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Salma Hayek Pinault; Nick Offerman; KISS performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Sarah Silverman; Paula Deen; Lyle Lovett performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Robert Pattinson; Chris Hardwick; Ben Folds Five performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actress Sarah Shahi; Tenacious D performs. Last Call With Carson Daly (1:35 a.m., NBC10) - Actress Katey Sagal; the Stepkids perform.
July 27, 2012 |
If the Grammy Awards created a category for the most musically diverse album, Lyle Lovett would be a contender for Release Me (Curb Records/Lost Highway). The 14-song CD shows the breadth of his musical tastes, with selections by rock-and-roll pioneer Chuck Berry (a slowed-down "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man") and 16th-century theologian Martin Luther (a heartfelt "Keep Us Steadfast"). He offers his version of Engelbert Humperdinck's biggest U.S. hit (the title track, a duet with k.d. lang)
March 23, 2012
Eric Taylor He's not as well-known as many of his peers, but he's highly respected by them. Eric Taylor is a Georgia-born Texas troubadour on par with the likes of fellow Lone Star singer-songwriters Steve Earle, Guy Clark, and Lyle Lovett. He's admired as much for his intricate but fluid guitar playing as for his lyrics. Lovett is a particular fan - he has performed songs by Taylor on at least two of his own albums, including his latest, Release Me . Lovett and Nanci Griffith are among the guests on Taylor's latest album, Live at the Red Shack . He'll be celebrating its release with this show.
March 4, 2012
Pop Reign of Terror (Mom + Pop ***) On Sleigh Bells' delectable 2010 debut Treats , the car-crash pileup of Derek E. Miller's overdriven guitars and gargantuan drum-machine beats laid a violently explosive foundation for charismatic front woman Alexis Krauss to coo over sweetly. It worked so well, in part, because there were discernible melodies beneath the maelstrom of noise. For the most part, that's still true on Reign of Terror , though Miller's production strategy of intensely compressing the sound before turning it all the way up to 11 can create barriers to entry quite difficult to overcome, as on the well-titled "You Lost Me. " And while the whole of Reign of Terror gleefully blasts away with a wall of noise to make the Jesus & Mary Chain blush, the concise, essentially pop architecture of the arrangements turn initially abrasive tunes like "Comeback Kid" and "Road to Hell" into earworms.
January 15, 2011 |
What do you get when you match up longtime friends and equally wry, earthy practitioners of Americana music - one decidedly Texas cowboy- and-swing-toned, the other more "Memphis in the meantime, baby"? A show that's "rocking and soulful, touching and hilarious," wrote a reviewer of a recent performance by Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. Working with just their voices and guitars, swapping cream-of-the-crop songs and stories, the guys already have played a bunch of "unplugged" dates here and abroad.
January 14, 2011 |
Since his self-titled debut album in 1986, Lyle Lovett has established himself as a distinctive voice in American music - a lanky Texan with a mischievous grin who follows in the Lone Star tradition of stubbornly individualistic talents, from Bob Wills to Willie Nelson, Delbert McClinton to Guy Clark. With a style that ranges from stark folk narratives to robust swing and R&B delivered with his Large Band - and sly humor - Lovett has had a richly rewarding musical career spiced by the occasional acting gig. Busy as he is, however, Lovett still makes time to hit the road regularly with his old pal John Hiatt.
December 1, 2007 |
On vacation last week I checked into a rustic lodge while hiking in the mountains ("Valderi, valdera") and was immediately struck with a sense of foreboding. It took me a few seconds to realize what was wrong: no television. I began tearing the cabin apart looking for hidden consoles. Come on, people. This is the 21st century. How can there be a hotel room without a TV set? There are pencils that get 70 channels. Five minutes after my fruitless search, I was curled up in a fetal position on the floor, trembling and tearfully singing the theme song to The Courtship of Eddie's Father to comfort myself.