A country-western and blues crooner known for his top-hat hair, Lyle Lovett was born and raised in Texas. After traveling in Europe, he returned to the USA and made his acting debut as a singer on a beach in the TV-movie, "Bill on His Own" (CBS, 1983). The following year, he moved to Nashville to pursue a recording career, landing a studio gig as a backup singer for recording artist Nanci Griffith. In 1985, Lovett was signed by Curb/MCA Records and released his first self-titled album in 1986. He has subsequently earned four Grammy Awards for his music and released several albums, including "Joshua Judges Ruth" (1992) and "The Road to Ensenada" (1996). Lovett's songs have been characterized as possessing a wry sensibility toward heartbreak and his delivery as "folksy, yet sharply deadpan" (PEOPLE, December 27, 1993).