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Lyle Lovett: Life lessons and an interview

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Today's life lessons: Never give up. Be nice.

I've been asking for an interview with Lyle Lovett since the summer of 2007, when he released his ninth studio CD, "It's Not Big, It's Large."

With each request, I explained how I'd been following Lovett since he first took to the stage in the late 1980s. I reviewed "It's Not Big, It's Large" without an interview, but sent his people a link to the piece.

When "Natural Forces" came out in October of last year, I again asked for an interview. I got reviewer tickets to his show at Bass Hall in Fort Worth instead. It was fabulous performance and well worth the late night out, but it didn't include an interview.

I sent his people a link to the blog I did about the upcoming show, along with a link to my piece on fellow Texas songwriter Vince Bell. Lovett used Bell's  "Sun and Moon and Stars" on the CD and opened the show with the lovely tune.

After the show, I asked for an interview ... explaining how much I wanted to talk to him for the series on Texas singer/songwriters I was doing.

Was turned down.

Like their boss, his press representatives have been unfailingly polite, but I haven't gotten a green light – until now.

After seeing Willis Alan Ramsey last week in Dallas and talking to Guy Clark about his upcoming appearance in Linden, I thought I'd try Lovett's  people one more time.

I got an e-mail this morning from his press rep saying she'd work me in sometime in the next two weeks.

Be still, my heart.

Watch for an interview with the quirky country star, along with a complete review of "Natural Forces," in an upcoming edition of your News-Telegram.

In the meantime, here's Lovett and his large band doing Willis Alan's "That's Right, You're Not From Texas." Doesn't get much better than this ... unless you can see it live.


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