Lyle Lovett, acoustic group joins the Waco Symphony Orchestra | The music

Texan singer-songwriter and actor Lyle Lovett and his acoustic band sold out the Waco Racetrack when it last performed locally two years ago, and they’ll be returning Monday night for the much larger Waco Hall.

And while Lovett’s famed Acoustic Group will back it up as before, Monday’s show adds the musical backing of a much larger ensemble than Lovett’s Large Band: the Waco Symphony Orchestra.

Lovett will team up with the WSO in a pop concert added to the orchestra season last fall and is therefore not included in the concerts covered by season tickets. The combination, however, finds its audience. By midweek, there were only single tickets left on the floor and parts of the first balcony, with the second balcony in the venue being the best place to find two or more seats together.

The Waco show caps a three-city Texas leg of Lovett’s tour that began in January, with gigs in Galveston and New Braunfels preceding Waco. Lovett, originally from Klein, concludes this tour on April 8 and 9 at the Majestic Theater in Dallas.

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The Texas/American performer has collaborated with symphonies before, playing in the pre-pandemic years with artists like the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. The WSO will support him and his acoustic musicians on two or three songs during both halves of Monday’s concert, said WSO music director Stephen Heyde.

Heyde said the orchestral arrangements deepened the musical backing of Lovett’s songs, but also showed the range of Waco Symphony. “People may have heard Lyle Lovett play, but they’ve never heard him with an orchestra,” he said. “Kudos to him for sharing his gift with a wider audience.”

Also accompanying her on Monday night will be Lovett’s acoustic band, a flexible ensemble that has already included bassist Viktor Krauss, violinist Luke Bulla, guitarist/mandolinist/vocalist Jeff White and dobro player Josh Swift. Efforts to interview Lovett before his show in Waco were unsuccessful.

Waco is also the destination of one of Lovett’s longtime friends and collaborators, Robert Earl Keen, who will perform a Brazos Nights concert in June during Keen’s farewell to touring. Like Keen, Lovett defied easy classification as a Texas musician, well versed in Texas songwriting and well versed in a Lone Star circuit of bars and honkytonks, but never a “hat” nor active in the Red Dirt movement that dominated and shaped the Texas country music scene in the 2000s.

His songs and compositions span the gamut of American music, encompassing folk, country, blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz, pop and more. He has won four Grammy Awards, the Americana Music Association’s first Trailblazer Award, and was a Texas State Musician. A lifelong horse enthusiast, Lovett is also a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Lovett burst onto the Texas music scene in the 1980s after graduating from Texas A&M University, where, like compatriot Aggie Keen, he got his start playing clubs and bars in the area as a A&M student. He garnered attention for country albums such as ‘Pontiac’, ‘Joshua Judges Ruth’ and ‘The Road To Ensenada’ but soon expanded into musical styles, film and television music and theater. . He has 14 albums to his credit, six of which are certified gold.

Some of his best-known songs include “She’s No Lady”, “Cowboy Man”, “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)”, “Simple Song”, “My Baby Don’t Tolerate”, “Natural Forces” and “If I Had a Boat,” but he’s also written extensively for film, composing songs and providing vocals for more than two dozen films and television series, including with Randy Newman on “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” for 1995’s “Toy Story.” Lovett has also starred in just as many movies and TV episodes.

Audiences on Monday will also be able to hear new songs from Lovett’s planned May release, her first album of original works since 2007. May will also feature a vinyl reissue of her 1992 album “Joshua Judges Ruth,” marking her 30th birthday.

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