WHO ARE THEY: Country music star Lyle Lovett has been recording music since his 1986 self-titled debut album and has been wowing critics and fans ever since. Lovett has won four Grammy over the course of his career and has also starred in films such as “The Player,” “Short Cuts,” “Pret-a-Porter” and “Cookie’s Fortune.” In 1993, Lovett became a household name when he married actress Julia Roberts. The Texan has six gold albums to his name including “Pontiac,” “Lyle Lovett and His Large Band,” “Joshua Judges Ruth,” “I Love Everybody,” “The Road to Ensenada” and “Step Inside This House.”
John Hiatt is a renowned singer/songwriter who has had a career which has spanned more than 40 years. He began as strictly a songwriter for other artists, and eventually earned a recording contract after his song “Sure as I’m Sitting Here” became a hit for Three Dog Night. Hiatt finally found breakthrough success on his own during the late 1980s with the album “Bring on the Family” which included the track “Have a Little Faith in Me.” Over the years Hiatt’s songs have been covered by the likes of Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Pala Abdul, Jimmy Buffet, Iggy Pop, Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Keith Urban, Joe Cocker and Chaka Khan.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Although he might not be the best looking country singer around, Lyle Lovett is definitely one of the genre’s most prolific songwriters. Not resigned to playing just straight-up country, Lovett incorporates elements of jazz, blues, folk, swing and gospel into his style. He is also known for employing some of the finest musicians available. Fans can expect to hear songs from throughout his career at the show on Friday night. Also on the bill is songwriter extraordinaire John Hiatt whose distinct gruff vocals and brilliant lyrics have defined his career. Fans won’t want to miss the opportunity to see this spectacular double bill.
WHAT’S NEW: In 2013 Lovett appeared on an episode of “The Bridge” on the FX network portraying a lawyer.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39 and $59, and the show begins 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Harrah’s Resort.