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When Lovett sings of old Texas themes, he is crooning about deep roots. His hometown of Klein, a small town north of Houston, is named after his great-great grandfather, who came to the community in the 1840s. Lovett honed his musical skills hanging out on Robert Earl Keen's front porch while a student at Texas A&M University. Originally thought of as a songwriter, his singing style has emerged as gentle, mellow, and broad-based. His music has quietly influenced mainstream country music over the last twenty years and he has emerged as one of the most valued musicians of our time. Recently, Lovett received the 2006 Esky Music Award from Esquire Magazine for Outstanding Musical Achievement. And, most everyone would agree when they say of Lovett, “The secret of Lyle Lovett’s endurance comes down to the three C’s: class, charisma, and consistency.”