This just in: it looks as if Lyle Lovett will have one less night off this summer. The famed Texas song stylist has just been confirmed for an Aug. 27 performance at the Opera House with his long running Large Band. Tickets will go on sale Friday.
Lovett hasn’t performed in Lexington since the closing ceremonies of the World Equestrian Games in 2010. His first local concert, also with the Large Band, was at the long-since defunct Rhinestone’s on St. Patrick’s Day of 1987.
Essentially a country artist, Lovett’s music is seldom genre-specific. His love of Long Star songwriting tradition is considerable. He devoted one of his finest albums, 1998’s Step Inside This House, exclusively to the songs of fellow Texas scribes Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen and others. But in certain performance situations, especially Large Band concerts, his music steers into swing, soul and jazz.
Lovett’s newest album is 2012’s Release Me, a record split evenly between original tunes and more Lone Star covers.
One of Lovett’s more notable radio hits was the 1995 Toy Story favorite You’ve Got a Friend in Me. He recorded it as a duet with the song’s composer, Randy Newman, who performs at the Opera House on Friday. The Newman and Lovett shows are being presented by the Troubadour Concert Series.
Tickets for Lovett’s 7:30 p.m. performance on Aug. 27 will be $55.50. They will go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 through TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000, and the Lexington Center ticket office at (859) 233-3535.