Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group
Lyle Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the ‘80s. Though he was initially labeled as a country singer, the tag never quite fit him. Lovett had more in common with ‘70s singer/songwriters like Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, Randy Newman, and Townes Van Zandt, combining a talent for incisive, witty lyrical detail with an eclectic array of music, ranging from country and folk to big-band swing and traditional pop. Lovett’s literate, multi-layered songs stood out among the formulaic Nashville hit singles of the late ‘80s as well as the new traditionalists who were beginning to take over country music. Drawing from alternative country and rock fans, Lovett quickly built up a cult following which began to spill over into the mainstream with his second album, 1988’s Pontiac. In the summer of 1996, Lovett re-emerged with The Road to Ensenada, the first album since Pontiac to be dominated by country songs. In addition to performing well on the pop charts, where it entered at a career peak of number 24, The Road to Ensenada performed strongly on the country charts, entering at number four. Smile, a collection of songs recorded for various movie soundtracks, appeared in 2003, followed that same year by My Baby Don’t Tolerate on Lost Highway. The label also released It’s Not Big It’s Large in 2007 and Natural Forces in 2009. A holiday EP, Songs for the Season, appeared in 2011, and a couple of tracks from it ended up on Release Me, Lovett’s final album on his Curb Records contract, which appeared in 2012. Tickets start at $35. This is an assigned seating event.
The Freeman Stage at Bayside is located just 4 miles west of Fenwick Island, DE at the intersection of Route 54 and Route 20. Turn into the Bayside community and proceed straight on Americana Parkway. The Freeman Stage is located on Town Lake at the intersection of Americana Parkway and Lakeview Drive.