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Singer Lyle Lovett to perform at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 19, 2006) -- Country singer and songwriter Lyle Lovett and his Large Band will perform at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium in Athens on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. The multi-genre artist mixes elements of folk, country, blues and rock to create a signature style.

Lyle LovettLovett is the recipient of four Grammy Awards, including Best Country Album, Best Country Duo/Group with Vocal, Best Pop Vocal Collaboration and Best Country Male Vocal. In addition to a successful career in music, he has acted in several films, including three directed by Robert Altman – "The Player," "Cookie's Fortune" and "Prêt-à-Porter" – and "The Opposite of Sex" starring Christina Ricci. More recently, he has acted in "The New Guy" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." He has appeared on the television shows "Mad About You" and "Dharma & Greg."

Even though he has enjoyed recording with large bands and orchestras, for Lovett the sound is still about the acoustic guitar.

"I am not much of an electric player. I enjoy messing with them but haven't incorporated them into my live show. I like to get as natural a sound as possible. I like my guitar to sound like it does in my living room," he said.

Lovett has built a durable body of work and a fan base that appreciates his literate, sly, witty and original songs as well as his covers of songs penned by people who influenced his art. His most recent album, "My Baby Don't Tolerate" (2003), is a nostalgic glimpse into his country roots.

Tickets for this performance may be purchased at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium ticket office, open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour before the performance. For tickets or information, please call (740) 593-1780. The Ohio University Performing Arts Series and Stuart's Opera House will sponsor this performance.

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Media Contact: Performing Arts Series Publicity Coordinator Sarah Petersen, (740) 593-0802 or ss230302@ohio.edu

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