Lyle Lovett is a most distinctive and original Texas singer/songwriter. Initially labeled as a country singer, the tag does not quite fit him. Lovett has more in common with singer/songwriters like Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, Randy Newman and Townes Van Zandt. His lyrics are incisive and witty, encompassing an eclectic array of music, ranging from country and folk to big-band swing and traditional pop. Lovett’s literate and multi-layered lyrics do not fit the Nashville formula and he draws his fans everywhere from alternative country (some would say Americana) to rock. Lyle is performing in the Kansas City area Tuesday night, August 28 as part of Johnson County Community College’s Performing Arts Series.
It would be difficult to find an artist as creative, as successful, and as stubbornly true to himself as Merle Haggard. In between his hits, he made albums that paid tribute to the musicians who influenced him and for whom he had respect like Jimmie Rodgers, Lefty Frizzell and Bob Wills. He blends elements of jazz, rock, blues and folk music into his arrangements, while staying true to the traditions of country. No matter what the current fashion of the moment is in American music, Haggard always goes his own way. His lyrics seem simple. The music is easy to listen to. There’s a ton of truth in every song that anyone from any walk of life can relate to. Merle has a sold out show at Knuckleheads Saloon, Thursday night, August 30.