Wednesday, July 18

Lyle Lovett and k.d. lang both emerged in Nashville in the 1980s and each found acclaim in putting an idiosyncratic spin on country music. They both hit the stage in Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, as part of their summer tour together.

Lang has lent her voice to an astonishing range of material from Nashville tearjerkers to Tin Pan Alley torch songs, from playful cow-punk tunes to sultry, grown-up pop. Her 2005 "Hymns of the 49th Parallel" explored the work of favorite Canadian songwriters who influenced her: Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young, Ron Sexsmith and Jane Siberry.

Fans can explore lang's own musical catalogue, biography and bulletin boards around the world at

With hair as big as Texas and His Large Band behind him, Lovett comes with critically acclaimed singer-songwriter skills and four Grammy Awards. He has also appeared in movies, and, of course, was married to that one glamorous movie star back in 1993. For full biographies, see vh1's Web site or Lovett's official site.

(J-school trivia special: Lovett studied journalism and German at Texas A&M University. Robert Earl Keen was also a Texas A&M journalism student. Maybe the Mail Tribune should look for interns down there and give the Rogue Valley music scene an extra boost.)

Back to Rockville, the music blog of the Kansas City Star, caught the Lovett and lang show there early this month and loved it. The writer described Lovett and his off-kilter chatter and music as something like "Garrison Keillor's troubled Texas cousin." The reviewer really loved lang, though.

Unless you've already got tickets for the Britt show, you won't be able to hear for yourself. The show is sold out.