Interview Lyle Lovett: man The horseman likes William Shatner ’

LLovett is a man of many hats. The Grammy-winning singer and singer is a horse actor and horse builder. He has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism, it is clear from the helpful way that he makes difficult names.

Lovett studied journalism in the late 1970s in Texas A&M University, where he wrote for the student newspaper. The Battalion. “Bryan City Council was my regular blow, so I had to go to lots of meetings. We enjoyed writing entertainment stories and would be a great advocate of music interviews, ”he says to me. Singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith was the first person. Lovett, who played occasional gigs in cafes and bars at the time, recalls that she wanted to “process” and why in the world she would want to be a songwriter. “At the end of the day my questions were designed to give me the confidence that playing music would be okay.” T

Lovett was always interested in a language and expressed “the sum of the sentence someone could use”. While attending Lutheran school near Houston, he started writing a song he could easily play on the guitar. By the time he came to record his first anonymous album in 1986, it was clear to the music industry that his gift to write rich colorful songs. “There are songs on my first album that I wrote as a youngster. I wrote the song “Give Back My Heart” when I was 17 years old.

It is difficult to categorize the song Lyle Lovett, the range of 11 studio albums he has recorded for thirty years. It can be funny (as on the add-on, the theme “If I was a Boat”); cool (“Creeps Like Me”) appears on a storyteller who kills his grandmother and makes a ring from his gold tooth); “We Were Always There” is an exciting song about the death of his father; and only clear sweet (“I don't know anyone”).

“I feel like my songs are just snapshots of the little things that I see,” the 61-year-old says. “They are not of conceptual scope. Songs Those baby step up to the ship journey. Me the big issues. I see people in the world

In 2017, he married long-term partner April 2008 and registered with the iconic label Verve Records. He says he remains "more nice people".

Lovett's mother and daughter, love, mother of children, love, uncle, alas and cousins ​​on the family farm operation t in Klein. His parents' record collection. A monthly record in the mail. Their collection was really diverse. They had Nat King Cole, big band albums by Glen Price and Lefty Frizzell. I was often left to my own devices after school and played in records records constantly. At the time, music was a daily topic in school. Songs What songs did you listen to on the radio? Did you like Elvis? What was your favorite Beatles album? '

One favorite in the Lovett household was Ray Charles. “He says,” says Lovett. “Ray Charles is such an influence from everything. He really personifies soul music. In his wonderful expression, you hear a direct connection to the gospel roots of that kind of music.”

In the early 1980s, Lovett was helped by two great songwriters: Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. “They didn’t suffer fools and have very good standards. Or a paying attention. T Punto punktiko punkt punktiko punktik. And with their teasing, they actually felt like my uncles. Van Zandt was also a notorious gambler. Did Lovett ever bet with his friend? “Goodness gracious no”, he says with a laugh. “I would NEVER throw dice with Townes.”

Lovett talks with great warmth about being around his grandma’s farm house – especially at meal times – and he remains an avid breeder of cattle and owner of reining horses. “Beware of Bull” is a reminder of danger, though. In 2002, he was squashed against his fence by a severely broken leg.

“I knew better than to get in the pen with that guy,” Lovett recalls. “It's up to you and for your safety around animals. The bull has been raised. He was so mad that day. T My leg was crushed. T It´s miraculous that I can walk, I am thankful. My knee is a bit different but I am recovered as much as I can be.”

Lyle Lovett (Getty)

It’s not the only scrape he’s been in. King land inet land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land land. “It was the very best thing to do. I thought to myself, ‘man, this hurts.

Receive the National Refugee Association Lifetime Achievement Award. T Another recipient is Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk. “William Shatner,” says Lovett. “Shatner has been a great contestant,” he said. , “I shouldn't say…” t

Lovett 's interests are broad. He’s not the only musician to have appeared in a production of Shakespeare (Louis Armstrong played Bottom in a musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Broadway back in 1939), but is surely the only singer to have given Much Ado About Nothing a country music makeover. The Shakespeare Center in Los Angeles in 2010, in a production that also featured Helen Hunt and David Ogden Stiers.

“Our production was set in the Californian winery during the second act of the first act. Wrote “Night's Lullaby”, who included Sean and Sara Watkins. ‘Oh man’, I thought, am I wanted to rewrite Shakespeare ’.”

Lovett also loved events organized by Tom Hanks. "They host a day" t "They host a day" t Sir Anthony Hopkins recite ‘All the world 's amazing voice.

Performances on his own concert performances. “It made me realise how lucky I am to be able to be so fluid in what I do as a musician,” says Lovett. “If it is not going to play it, let's say what the playwright has put down. As a musician, you can be flexible and take the energy of an audience and let it inform what you do on any given night.”

He also speaks fondly about working with Richard E Grant (“gosh, he’s so lovely”) in director Robert Altman’s 1994 movie Prêt-à-Porter. Lovett played a character called Clint Lammeraux. “Robert insisted all the huge cast stayed in France. A group of us – including Richard, Tracey Ullman, Sam Robards and Lauren Bacall – hung out in Paris for 12 weeks like a bunch of schoolkids. It was just the most fun.”

Lovett also appeared in the Altman films The Player and Short Cuts and says the five-time Oscars nominee had a major impact on his life. “Altman was a great teacher. One of the ideas he reinforced to me was to stick to your idea and be confident about it. Altman exuded confidence, to the point that you could go over to his chair while he was directing a scene and almost just put your chin on his shoulder and watch with him. If he saw your interest, he encouraged it. He was happy to share his knowledge and that was a quality I didn’t expect and have not experienced often. Thinking of Altman sort of gives me strength when I am feeling insecure about what I am doing.”

Lovett met his first wife, Julia Roberts, while filming The Player and after their much publicised 21-month marriage ended, he made an album called The Road to Ensenada which featured Randy Newman. Lovett first listened to Newman as a student and got the chance to be his support act in Houston in the early 1980s (“it was just thrilling to be backstage with him listening to the World Series on the radio”).

It was a moment of serendipity that brought them together again. “We were recording a version of “Long Tall Texan” and I was wondering whether to add a vocal group,” recalls Lovett. “Thinking out loud I said, ‘Randy Newman would sound great on this track’. There was a quiet engineer called Bill Kinsley and he suddenly said: ‘I know Randy. Do you want me to call him?’ An hour later, up the walkway comes Randy Newman. It was terrific to work together and he then invited me to sing on ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ for Story Toys. We got to perform at the Oscars, which is the only time I have attended. He included me in the whole red carpet thing… talk about getting to ride on someone’s coat-tails. Randy could not have been nicer.”

Perhaps the image of Sheriff Woody is in his mind, but Lovett suddenly laughs as he recalls a visit to London in 1987, when his record company took him out for a night at a country music festival at Wembley Arena. “I was fascinated to see all the British fans dressed in hats and western shirts. Although, I have to say, their penny loafers did not match the woolly chaps. You need cowboy boots.”

Lovett has come to the UK several times since his first gig that year, when he played with the brilliant cello player John Hagen in the small room at the long-gone Mean Fiddler in London’s Harlesden. It seems a long way from the O2 Arena he will play as part of the Country to Country Festival on Sunday.

He is active on social media and adds drolly that he follows a woman who tweets regular complaints about London’s transport problems. “I don’t post about my personal life,” Lovett adds, “but I do enjoy sharing snapshots of my work. I try to do it in a way that fills in blanks for people who might be interested in what I am doing. Taking photographs was always one of my favourite parts of being in journalism school.”

We chat about the state of journalism in the digital era. Lovett believes that an ethical approach is as essential as it was covering local Texas politics. “Just tell the truth, write the truth,” he says quietly. It’s something he does so well, in his authentic and brilliantly vivid songwriting.

Country to Country festival takes place at the O2 Arena in London between 8-10 March

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