8 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas, 713-227-0957 or www.livenation.com.
When it comes to Texans, Lyle Lovett shares a spot just below Willie Nelson for public favor. With every album he's made, it's always been obvious the wiry-haired Klein native who cut his musical teeth at Anderson Fair flies the Lone Star flag no matter how jazzy and sophisticated his music has been. People love him as much for his good-old-boy-made-good manner and low profile as his always-excellent music. What is truly remarkable is how far outside Texas his music is loved and appreciated. His wry, whip-smart, double entendre-filled lyrics ("It's not big, it's large") and his mellow drawl certainly contribute to that appreciation. And he's like Willie in that he started out pegged to country music, but really always has been more of a Texas singer-songwriter and great arranger of pop songs. And Nashville couldn't tie either of them down.