Lyle Lovett to headline WEG closing ceremony

September 25, 2010

Songwriter Lyle Lovett will bring the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to a vibrant finale at the October 10th closing ceremonies in Lexington, Kentucky.


Lyle Lovett

Known for his versatility and musicality across many genres, from country and bluegrass to swing, folk ballads, gospel and blues, the four-time Grammy Award winner and his Large Band will provide a musical bookend to the Games' closing ceremonies' celebration of iconic moments in US history and culture.

Lovett has celebrated nearly 30 years of hits including "If I Had a Boat," "Nobody Knows Me," "South Texas Girl," "That's Right (You're Not from Texas)," "She's No Lady," and his groundbreaking single, "Cowboy Man."

On his 14th album, "Natural Forces" released last year, Lovett croons a poignant line that speaks to his equestrian spirit: "Home is where my horse is."

Lovett's connection to the Games is not limited to the closing ceremonies. As a Texas native, he breeds and raises quarter horses for reining, competes non-professionally as a rider, and is involved in equestrian charity work. One of his horses, Smart and Shiny, is to be ridden by Italy's Marco Ricotta in reining.

"Lyle Lovett is one of America's greatest living singers and songwriters," said Dr Everett McCorvey, executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies. "As the curtain closes on the World Equestrian Games' debut in the United States and we bid farewell to newfound friends the world over, no one could bring us to a better concluding note than the iconic Lyle Lovett."

In addition to his music, Lovett has appeared in 12 feature films, including several directed by the highly-acclaimed Robert Altman.