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March 18, 1989 | By Scott Brodeur, Special to The Inquirer
With a perfect mixture of brassy blues, honky-tonk ballads and dead-pan comedy, Lyle Lovett played about as versatile a show as possible last night at the Shubert Theater. The performance was incredibly enjoyable, and the near-capacity crowd at the plush, acoustically brilliant theater clapped and laughed loudly all night. From the minute the gangling Lovett stepped on the stage wearing a suit and sporting his hair in a high bouffant, the laughter broke out. He drew even more laughs with his straight-faced greeting of "Hello, I'm the guy who sits next to you and reads the newspapers over your shoulder.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 1992 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Lyle Lovett, k.d. lang, Michelle Shocked. Living proof that a smirk can only go so far. The wild stepchildren of country music, these three renegade singer- songwriters established themselves in the late '80s by introducing a crinkle of irony into an otherwise staid expositional style. With an innocent's disregard for formality, they junked the self- deprecating heehaw for the sly smile and a vaudevillian's roll of the eyes. They wrote gentle, confessional songs that followed forms established by country's masters, but at the same time betrayed more than a hint of sendup.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1994 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even by Lyle Lovett standards, this is an odd bunch. There's one where he sings about the foul smell of "Fat Babies. " Another in which he steals his dying grandmother's gold tooth to have it made into a ring. And on the funkiest, he confides: "I don't go for fancy cars, diamond rings or movie stars. I go for penguins. " But their vintage, not their content, is the strangest thing about the tunes on I Love Everybody (Curb/MCA), the Texas ironist's fifth album. Just when Lyle Lovett has finally become a household name and is poised to follow up the critical and commercial success of 1992's rich, gospel-flavored Joshua Judges Ruth, he goes and releases 18 old, small, peculiar songs, recorded without the aid of his powerfully accomplished Large Band.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2011
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Julie Bowen; snowboarder Travis Rice; Maria Bamford. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Robert Pattinson; photographer Annie Leibovitz. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Jason Segel; Kris Jenner; Lyle Lovett performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:30 a.m., 6ABC) - Mickey Rourke; Wale performs.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 1989 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Lyle Lovett laughs when he hears himself described as a "new integrity artist. " Of late that curious expression has been applied to several Texas-bred, country-attuned but upwardly mobile singer-songwriters such as Lovett - who appears tonight at the Shubert with his Large Band and co-headliner Leo Kottke. "I've never heard that phrase before, but I can sure guess what it means," says the 32-year-old Lovett, a former journalism major and a very careful, clever word slinger.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2007 | By David Hiltbrand FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2005 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
They hire us for our forgettble faces," mumbles Tobin Keller, the Secret Service agent played by Sean Penn, in one of the stilted exchanges he has with Silvia Broome, a United Nations translator played by Nicole Kidman, in The Interpreter. Yeah, right: Penn, the guy with the wrinkly, squinty mug and James Dean mountain o' hair, forgettable? From the get-go, this handsome-looking muddle of misdirection and murky intrigue from veteran filmmaker Sydney Pollack has a problem. Penn's Keller is a guy who cradles his shot glass and goes all teary listening to Lyle Lovett songs.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2012 | By Tom Wilk, For The Inquirer
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2011 | staff
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2011 | By Nick Cristiano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2007 | By David Hiltbrand FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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