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Lyle Lovett Eyeballing His Musical Future

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009

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Lyle Lovett has his eyes set on the future — even further than releasing a follow-up to his 2007 album “It’s Not Big It’s Large.”

Lovett has just two more albums on his deal with Curb/Universal, and at this point the high-coiffed singer-songwriter from Klein, Texas, figures the horizons are wide open.

“The possibilities are very exciting, I think,” says Lovett, 51, who signed his deal in 1986. “I’ve never made a dime from a record sale in the history of my record deal. I’ve been very happy with my sales, and certainly my audience has been very supportive. I make a living going out and playing shows.

“But I’m very excited about the possibility of actually being able to sell records. Records are very powerful promotional tools to go out and be able to play on the road, but you do have to think about it as a way of sustaining itself at some point. I’m very excited about being able to do some of that on my own, maybe.”

Lovett does not, however rule out another label deal.

“Certainly if a major label is interested in working with me after these next two records and is able to come up with a strategy that does engage some of the new technology in a way that can benefit everybody, I’d be very interested in that,” acknowledges Lovett, who’s financed an album recorded at some of the singer-songwriter shows he does with John Hiatt, Guy Clark and Joe Ely but is having trouble getting his label interested in putting it out.

Lovett hopes to release a new album this year, and he’ll also expand the acting portion of his résumé this year with “a very small contribution” to Michael Meredith’s upcoming film “The Open Road,” which stars Justin Timberlake, Jeff Bridges, Mary Steenburgen, Kate Mara and Harry Dean Stanton and is expected to open later this year.

“I got to do a scene with Justin, which was fun,” says Lovett, who also performed a song for the soundtrack with Charlie Sexton, who’s scoring the film. “I enjoyed meeting him.”

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 20) at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $49.50, $59.50 and $75. Call (734) 668-8463 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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