Lyle Lovett performs at Tampa Theatre

Eclectic Texas singer performs with His Acoustic Group

December 5, 2013 

Lyle Lovett. PUBLICITY PHOTO

Even if you don't like country music, chances are you like Lyle Lovett.

The long, tall Texan whose easy delivery, slightly sardonic lyrics and heart-rending melodies helped stretch the boundaries of popular music appeals to just about every taste. He'll be in downtown Tampa Dec. 9, for a concert at the gorgeous Tampa Theatre.

Lovett tours solo and with his old buddy, John Hiatt, and he's had a couple of different backing bands over the years. On this particular occasion, it's Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group.

His last album, "Release Me," the 14th studio album of his career, came out almost two years ago, so you can expect to hear a lot of songs from that.

But he also reaches back into his older catalog for acoustic versions of some of the best and best-known songs from his eponymous 1986 debut album and from songs made famous by Lyle Lovett & His Large Band. (You may have caught Lovett with his Acoustic Band on "Austin City Limits" a few months back.)

Lovett's show are intimate blends of song and storytelling, and his music blends country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues.

He's won four Grammy Awards, was given the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award and was recently named the Texas State Musician.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Tickets: $62 and $5 plus service charge. Information: 813-274-8981, tampatheatre.org.

-- Marty Clear

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