Lovett returns to Amp stage with His Large Band

Every year, Barack Obama releases his summer playlist on social media for all to enjoy. On Tuesday, his 2022 list was posted; among the 44 picks was Lyle Lovett’s “Nobody Knows Me.”

Tonight, Chautauquans will have the opportunity to hear one of Obama’s summertime favorites live in concert. 

At 8:15 p.m. Friday, July 29, in the Amphitheater, singer-songwriter Lovett and His Large Band will take the stage to perform their biggest hits, spanning over 40 years. 

Known for his unique Americana-country music, Lovett has won four Grammy awards, including Best Country Album in 1997 for his album The Road to Ensenada and Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1990. Other albums include his debut record Lyle Lovett (1986), Pontiac (1988) and I Love Everybody (1994). 

Lovett’s country upbringing in Klein, Texas, shines through in his music, which encompasses genres such as folk, jazz and rock.  

Lovett has also acted in numerous films, including 1998’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” 1993’s “Short Cuts” and 1992’s “The Player.” His most recent television appearance was his 2022 performance on the CBS drama “Blue Bloods.” 

With a discography of 15 albums, the “Cowboy Man” comes to Chautauqua on his 36th stop on his 2022 U.S. tour. 

Lovett returns to the Institution with His Large Band after his first performance on the Amp stage in 2006.

“I’ve been wanting to bring Lyle Lovett for years, and am thrilled that he will be coming for his first visit to the Amphitheater since 2006,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Program Officer Deborah Sunya Moore. “Fans will be craving a listen of old favorites and also songs from his new album, 12th of June.”

In May 2022, Lovett released 12th of June, an 11-track record that contains originals as well as reimagined classics from Nat King Cole and Dave Frishberg. 12th of June comes a decade after his last album, 2012’s Release Me and marks the first album with Verve Records. 

A lot has changed for Lovett within those 10 years; in 2017, he became a father to twins, whose birthday inspired the name for 12th of June. Lovett will play songs from his albums of the ’80s, and his most recent, which draws on the joys of fatherhood and his home in Texas, for Chautauquans to enjoy. 

His 2022 tour is a homage to his Texan roots and familial ties, performed with the same 15-person band that he recorded the album Lyle Lovett and His Large Band with in 1989. 

“This album reflects the music I grew up around,” Lovett told the music series “Austin City Limits.” “My music is like me: I live on land that belonged to my grandfather. I live next door to my mother. I think the music reflects where I’m from and who I am.”

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will bring southern Texas to Western New York tonight in what Moore predicts to be a memorable performance. 

“From thanking crew for moving a piano on Twitter, to appearing on ‘Dinner Drive with Kyle Petty,’ to singing about fatherhood, Lyle Lovett is someone who is going to resonate with our audience and create a celebratory evening of great music,” Moore said. “Friday night at Chautauqua with this Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter is going to be an evening to remember.”

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The author Skyler Black

Skyler Black is a rising senior at Miami University studying journalism and emerging technology and business design. At Miami, she reports for UP Magazine and The Miami Student newspaper while also serving as an undergraduate assistant to several journalism classes. This summer, Skyler will report on the environment and Bird, Tree & Garden Club. When not writing, Skyler enjoys listening to music and skiing in her home state of Michigan during winter.