GRAMMY WINNERS BONNIE RAITT AND LYLE LOVETT CREATE MUSIC TOGETHER ON “CMT CROSSROADS” FEBRUARY 11

02/02/06



NASHVILLE – February 2, 2006 – They have known each other for years, and mounted a summer shed tour together in 2002, performing the songs which their multitudes of fans have come to know and love. Now, Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett are taking to the CMT stage for an unforgettable episode of CMT CROSSROADS, premiering Saturday, February 11 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT, that is sure to deliver magical musical moments and a pairing that viewers won't forget.

Bonnie Raitt is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose unique style blends blues, R&B, rock, and pop. After 20 years as a cult favorite, she broke through to the top in the early 90s with her Grammy award winning albums, Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw, which featured hits such as, "Something To Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me." With nine Grammy's under her belt and a long history of social activism, she tours regularly incorporating many benefit concerts into her schedule. Raitt recently kicked off a year-long world tour. Her latest album, Souls Alike, debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 in September 2005 and has earned widespread critical acclaim. "I Will Not Be Broken," the first single, is a Top five hit at AAA radio.

Of all the artists who emerged in Nashville’s mid-1980s whirlwind of experimentation, Lovett is one of the few who have achieved an enduring, significant career while staying constantly fresh and original. After releasing three critically acclaimed albums under the direction of Curb/ MCA Nashville —Lyle Lovett (1986), the certified-gold Pontiac (1987), and the Grammy-winning Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (1989)—Lovett moved away from country to explore broader styles. The first of his Los Angeles-recorded albums, Joshua Judges Ruth (1992) is steeped in gospel and R&B. I Love Everybody (1994) features songs he had written as early as the 1970s, while 1996’s gold-certified and Grammy-winning The Road to Ensenada found him returning to a mix of western swing, honky tonk, country and folk. The 1998 two-disc Step Inside This House was a tribute to Lovett’s early Texas songwriting influences and was followed in 1999 by his first live album, Live in Texas. In 2000, Lovett released the film soundtrack to Robert Altman’s Dr. T. & The Women. To date, Lovett has sold over four million albums, including his latest release, My Baby Don’t Tolerate.

Other CMT CROSSROADS episodes have featured Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams; Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr.; ZZ Top and Brooks & Dunn; Elton John and Ryan Adams; Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson; James Taylor and the Dixie Chicks; Ray Charles and Travis Tritt; John Mellencamp and Kenny Chesney; Melissa Etheridge and Dolly Parton; Pat Benatar and Martina McBride; Dave Matthews and Emmylou Harris; a live NFL Super Bowl CROSSROADS special featuring Toby Keith performing with Willie Nelson, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Sammy Hagar, Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Ted Nugent and jazz musician Wayman Tisdale; John Mayer and Brad Paisley; Heart and Wynonna; Lynyrd Skynyrd and Montgomery Gentry; John Fogerty and Keith Urban; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; and Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers.

For more information on CMT CROSSROADS log on to CMT.com
http://www.cmt.com/shows/dyn/cmt_crossroads/series.jhtml

CMT, America’s No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 80.9 million households in the United States. Go to country music’s biggest web site at www.CMT.com.

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