Lyle Lovett Set To Release Natural Forces Oct. 20

There are two very interesting aspects concerning Lyle Lovett—three if you count his music.

First, he’s the country music artist liked by people who don’t like country music.

In the world of popular music, where what you listen too is what you are, Lovett is perceived as the only acceptable choice in the otherwise beer-swilling, gun-toting, cattle-rustling arena that is country music.

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In other words, it’s cool to like Lyle Lovett but you’re an ignorant redneck if you listen to Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn or Brad Paisley.

None of that is true of course.

But what do you expect from people who say things like, “I was a fan of Death Cab For Cutie before they went mainstream,” or “Avey Tare is a musical genius.”

These supercilious music fans wouldn’t be caught dead at a Rascal Flatts or a Sugarland concert but they would definitely buy Lyle Lovett concert tickets and then pretend to know all the words.

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Yet, the only Lovett songs they’re really familiar with are “That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas)” and the one about penguins.

The attraction to Lovett is he’s subtle and that’s somewhat or a rarity in country music (see Toby Keith or Alan Jackson). His lyrics aren’t literal; his music isn’t heavy with twang; he has a sultry, smoky voice; and he focuses on songwriting not the boot, scoot and/or boogie.

Lovett isn’t the only artist of his ilk in the genre of country music but the pretentious music snobs are too busy secretly listening to the Black Eye Peas and Taylor Swift to find them.

The second fascinating aspect of the man, the myth, and the legend known as Lyle Lovett is the clandestine nature of his existence. He’s quite a private individual.

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In fact, his Wikipedia entry is amazingly short for someone who’s been in the music business since 1980. Terrorists have longer Wikipedia entries than he does. The Land of Punt has a longer Wikipedia entry and we’re probably not even real.

Besides his great music, there are two things most people know about Double L. One was his marriage to actress Julia Roberts. They were married from 1993 to 1995. Since then you’ve heard nary a word about Lovett’s romantic life. You probably can’t even name his current girlfriend (it’s April Kimble by the way).

The other thing you know about Lovett is he was in a ranch accident in 2002. A bull rammed him into a fence at his uncle’s farm in Texas. Lovett had to quit touring for six months.

By the way, isn’t getting in a ranch accident with a bull one of the greatest ways to suffer an injury? It beats a motorcycle accident or a hang gliding mishap by a country mile.

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Being coy and shying away from the media is very refreshing. Ultimately, it’s what we want out of our entertainers. Sing your songs, record your albums and then go away.

Lovett’s newest album, Natural Forces, is set to drop on Oct. 20. His latest collection of songs was recorded with the Large Band and co-producer Billy Williams.

Lovett wrote or co-wrote nearly half the songs, including “It’s Rock and Roll” with Robert Earl Keen. Songs from other composers (all of them Texans) include:

David Ball – “Don’t You Think I Feel It Too”
Vince Bell – “Sun and Moon and Stars”
Tommy Elskes – “Bohemia”
Don Sanders – “Bayou Song”
Eric Taylor – “Whooping Crane”
Townes Van Zandt – “Loretta”

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