Morristown Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett comes to the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. Lovett is a Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and actor. He has broadened the definition of Americana music in a career that spans 14 albums and more than four million records sold. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that defies convention and breaks down barriers. Lovett has won four Grammy Awards including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. He has celebrated over two decades of acclaimed work including "If I Had a Boat," "She's No Lady," the chart-topping single "Cowboy Man," and garnered seven Top 10 albums on the Billboard charts. From his 1986 self-titled debut through Pontiac, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Joshua Judges Ruth, The Road To Ensenada and 2007's It's Not Big It's Large, Lovett has taken one artistic chance after another while crafting songs that resonate with fans and critics across the globe. Natural Forces (Curb/Lost Highway), Lovett's newest album, continues in the tradition of the timeless music he loves to create. Natural Forces stands as a testament to both his versatile songwriting and peerless ability to interpret the material by fellow Texas songwriters who he admires. Recorded with his Large Band, the arrangements on the album range from subtle and hauntingly beautiful to up-tempo numbers with a wry sense of humor for which he's known. Gorgeous versions of Townes Van Zandt's "Loretta," Eric Taylor's "Whooping Crane" and Vince Bell's "Sun and Moon and Stars" are equaled by Lovett-penned originals such as the title track, "Farmer Brown/Chicken Reel," and "Pantry." For the last few years Lovett has been alternating Large Band tours with acoustic shows teaming him with John Hiatt as well as larger songwriter circles also featuring long-time friends Hiatt, Guy Clark and Joe Ely. Stepping before the camera, he just completed filming When Angels Sing, a holiday picture with Harry Connick, Jr. He recently made an appearance on the ABC crime drama Castle and was featured in the documentary For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair, a film about a legendary Houston music venue and its role in preserving American musical traditions. Lovett has now appeared in 13 feature films including The Player, Short Cuts, Cookie's Fortune, The Opposite of Sex, and wrote the score for Dr. T and the Women. Tickets are on sale at the Mayo Performing arts Center and range in price fro $57 to $97.
If you go Lyle Lovett Monday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m. The Mayo Center for the Performing Arts 100 South St., Morristown Tickets: $57 to $97 973-539-8008 www.mayoarts.org