FORT WORTH Lyle Lovett, the singer honored with Lone Star Film Festival’s annual Stephen Bruton Award on Friday night at the Fort Worth Club, had many good things about the city of Fort Worth in his acceptance speech.
But he saved the best for last during a short acoustic set, accompanied by a cellist, that ended the Festival Ball. In Fort Worth, “you never have to think twice wearing your favorite headwear,” he said in his typical laconic style. “People in other places, God bless ’em, don’t always understand.”
And with that, he swung into Don’t Touch My Hat, with its memorable line, “You can have my girl but don’t touch my hat.”
It was a perfectly Lovett moment and an infectious nightcap to an evening that also included honors for Maverick Award recipient Louis Black (co-founder of South by Southwest and the Austin Chronicle) and Stephen Murrin Jr., the recipient of the festival’s first-ever Visionary Award and a city leader known as the “mayor of the Stockyards.”
T Bone Burnett, who received the Bruton Award in 2010, appeared via video to congratulate Murrin and offer “love and gratitude to Lyle Lovett.” He said, “Welcome to the club.”
The Bruton Award is given to a Texas musician who has contributed to the world of film. Past honorees include Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver.
But if there was a message that each of the recipients shared it was that they couldn’t have achieved their success without others.
“Nobody does anything by themselves,” Murrin said.
“I work with other people who are also passionate,” Black said. “All of us are in pursuit of a vision.”
And Lovett, who was introduced by Ed Bass, pointed out that Fort Worth has been integral to his success. “You have made Fort Worth a second home for me and my music,” he said. “There wasn’t a better club to play than Caravan of Dreams. There’s not a hall in the world that’s better than Bass Hall. Every time you come to Fort Worth, you can feel the community.”
The Lone Star Film Festival continues through Sunday.
Cary Darling, 817 390-7571