WANT TO GO?
Lyle Lovett with His Acoustic Group
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
TICKETS: $35, $45, $55 and $65
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Somebody is bound to have noticed this, but four-time Grammy winning country singer and sometime actor Lyle Lovett is currently without a record contract.
Last year, Lovett finished up his decades-long contract with Curb/Universal records with the aptly titled record, "Release Me." The record came out in February 2012 and since then, the 55-year-old remains unsigned -- not that he seems to be in all that big of a hurry to work with another record label.
"Just because my record deal is over, I don't intend to change my job," said the Texan, who plays the Clay Center Friday.
He's still writing songs, still making music and still playing shows all over the country. It's just that his plans for recording are ambling toward vague.
This spring, he's out with his Acoustic Group, which may not entirely be an unplugged outfit. The band includes Russ Kunkel, Viktor Krauss, Keith Sewell and Luke Bulla, all members of his Large Band. (Sewell plays electric guitar in that group.)
Lovett cut "Release Me" with the Large Band in mind, but the singer said it wasn't really a problem to play songs from that record with the smaller unit.
"I've never sort of let the way we record paint me into a corner," he said. "We can play any of those songs. Last year, we heavily featured songs from that album, but this year, because I don't have a brand new album, it gives me the chance to play songs across my whole catalog."
So what is he planning on playing Friday night?
"The real answer is I haven't figured it out yet," he laughed. "But I always like it when people from the audience ask for songs. It gives us the change to do things on a given night we don't do anywhere else."