Lyle Workman

Sting, Todd Rundgren, Frank Black, Beck

Lyle Workman

Lyle Workman Uses:

Whether it’s composing feature film music, studio work for major recording artists or performing on world stages, Lyle Workman enjoys the fruits of a diversified career.

Touring and Live Performance:

In his early twenties, Lyle  joined the Sacramento band, Bourgeois Tagg and recorded two records for Island records, including “Yo-Yo”  produced by Todd Rundgren. He co-wrote the single, “I Don’t Mind at All” with following tours in Europe and the U.S. and television performances on The Tonight Show, American Bandstand, Top of the Pops, and MTV.

Lyle was enlisted as a member of Todd Rundgren’s group, recording “Nearly Human” (1989) and “Second Wind” (1991) touring the U.S and Japan. He recorded with Jellyfish for  ”Spilt Milk” (1993), and from 94′ to 98′ began a string of records and tours with Pixies founder and creative force Frank Black. Some of the recordings include “Teenager of the Year” and “Frank Black and the Catholics”.

A testament to Lyle’s diversity, he began a creative endeavor with Jazz legend, drummer Tony Williams, co-writing music and discussing plans for a “rock” band and subsequent record, but it never materialized due to Tony’s sudden and untimely passing. Lyle, however, contributed a song on Tony’s record, “Wilderness” (1996).

Recruited by Beck for a string of world tours, Lyle retook to the road from 1999 to 2001, performing at major European festivals and on television shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and American Music Awards.

Session Guitarist:

Lyle moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and became sought after as a studio musician. In the years to follow he recorded with, among others, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Shakira, Jacob Dylan, Dr. Dre, They Might Be Giants, and many more.

Soundtracks and Composing:

Lyle began writing commercial music for television, radio, and documentary scores, eventually making the jump to feature film, the first being MADE, written and directed by Jon Favreau; this collaboration led to Jon’s television show DINNER FOR FIVE.

Working for several  film composers as a session guitarist, Lyle contributed to many  film scores. He co-produced and engineered the group Smash Mouth for the soundtrack of Mike Myers’ CAT IN THE HAT for a remake of The Beatles’ “Getting Better”. During this period Lyle  faithfully recreated many classic and current songs for the video games, “Karaoke Revolution” and “Guitar Hero”.

Workman wrote additional music for the Will Ferrell film “Kicking and Screaming,” which began a successful relationship with one of the producers, Judd Apatow, who then chose Workman to compose music for his directorial film debut, THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN.  This led to several Apatow films: SUPERBAD, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, GET HIM TO THE GREEK  with additional music written for KNOCKED UP and DRILLBIT TAYLOR. other film scores include YES MAN and THE GOODS.