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Lyle Lovett Season 36 by Guy Juke

Since his first headlining appearance on Austin City Limits in 1987, Lyle Lovett has been a dear friend and key figure in the show’s history. An iconic Texas artist with strong country-western roots, the scope of Lovett’s musical appetites harvesting elements from gospel, jazz, pop, and folk has lent itself to a body of work that truly reflects the spirit of Austin City Limits. Since 1980, the Texas-born singer-songwriter has dazzled audiences with his unconventional brand of Americana country music that has undoubtedly transformed him from a local legend to a nationalized success. With his witty charismatic songs featuring an extensive blend of blues, country, jazz, Texas swing and more, Lovett’s legacy has dubbed him the Texas poster boy of genre-fusing success and resulted in his attainment of being honored with four Grammy wins, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. Lovett’s long history with the show began before his 1987 headlining show as a member of the studio audience for several tapings. He first took the stage as a performer in 1984 singing backup for Nanci Griffith. He has appeared on the show more than a dozen times making him one of the most frequent guests in the show’s history. On Lovett’s latest album Natural Forces, he returns to the classic country of his earlier career, with performs stunning originals showcasing his humor and insight as well as tributes to some of Texas’s finest country musicians. Paste Magazine writes Natural Forces “once again proves he can stand alongside the finest storytellers” and the Boston Globe wrote the songs “represent some of his best, most poignant work.”

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