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Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt join forces

Thursday, October 2, 2008 – Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are teaming together for a series of shows this month that will feature both artists performing side-by-side in an old-fashioned guitar pull. The shows will find both Lovett and Hiatt - who have been touring together in one fashion or another since 1989 -alternating songs from throughout their careers.

Lovett's tour with Hiatt comes on the heels of a triumphant series of dates this past summer with the Large Band. For the last few years, Lovett has alternated Large Band tours with acoustic shows teaming him with Hiatt as well as larger songwriter circles also featuring Hiatt, Guy Clark and Joe Ely. The quartet even filmed an appearance for "Austin City Limits" that will air on Oct. 18.

Hiatt was honored in September at the Americana Music Conference with a lifetime achievement award. Hiatt, an Indiana native, has enjoyed success both as a performer and a songwriter.

The tour started last week with dates in Florida and Georgia.

Tour dates are:
Oct. 9 Charlotte, NC Blumenthal PAC
Oct. 10-11 Birmingham, AL Alys Stephens Center
Oct. 12 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
Oct. 14 Fayetteville, AR Walton Arts Center
Oct. 15 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 16 Greenville, SC Peace Concert Hall
Oct. 17 Greensboro, NC War Memorial Auditorium
Oct. 18 Virginia Beach, VA Sandler Center
Oct. 19 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
Oct. 20 Princeton, NJ McCarter Theatre
Oct. 21 Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House
Oct. 22 Boston, MA Opera House

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Lyle Lovett's Christmas EP "Release Me" is only truly jolly to a point. After all, The Girl with the Holiday Smile begins with Lovett storytelling, "I met a hooker at the grocery story." It's not the sort of thing that would fit in either It's A Wonderful Life or Miracle On 34th Street. However, in Lovett's twisted little world, prostitutes belong right alongside Christmas trees and mistletoe. This short recorded effort is more than just a Pretty Woman Christmas, though. »»»
Natural Forces CD review - Natural Forces
In 1998, Lyle Lovett released "Step Inside This House," a 2-disc salute to Texas songwriters and, by extension, the spirit and pull of his home state. Lovett's place must have had a mighty big foyer as the writers invited in numbered 10 strong, including Willis Alan Ramsey, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, whose song gave the collection its title. "Natural Forces" carries echoes of that earlier release, only with a condensed tributee list, leaving room for some new Lovett »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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